What 5 Dodgers could be traded during the 2020 season?

Joc Pederson - Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Matt Beaty #45 – Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Trade Candidate: Matt Beaty

If there was one thing that Matt Beaty showed during the 2019 season, it was that he can handle the bat. A former hidden gem in the Dodgers system, Beaty made short work of Triple-A pitching to the tune of .306/.378/.455 at Oklahoma City, resulting in a mid-season call-up to the big club.

Upon joining the Dodgers on April 30th, Beaty would appear in 99 games for Los Angeles. He would hit a comfortable .265/.317/.458 with nine home runs and 46 RBI. More impressively, he didn’t seem to get outmatched as many young hitters do, sporting a solid 12.3% strike-out ratio.

If there is one question mark as to Beaty’s place with the Dodgers in 2020, it is his lack of a true position on the field.

Drafted as a corner infielder and seeing some time at first base and a few games at third, Beaty spent more time on the outfield grass upon his call-up to Los Angeles. He could still be called upon to spell some relief for Justin Turner or Max Muncy at the corners, but his outfield opportunities could be limited with Bellinger and Betts likely to play every day and a platoon of Pollock and Pederson in left. There is also the need to fit in at-bats for Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor, further limiting opportunities.

While Beaty may not be the headline prospect that some other players are in the Dodgers system, he could represent a nice complement to either White or Peters, and may even provide more value due to his versatility. Of course, the Dodgers may also choose to keep him if a deal is built around Joc Pederson instead.