Just imagine if the Dodgers had one of these three guys still on the roster…
Look, we know, all three of these options are impossible to have at once, but the Los Angeles Dodgers have seen a number of star players come and go over the years and even one of these guys on the 2020 roster could make this team nearly unstoppable.
LA is always wheeling and dealing so it’s almost impossible to keep the roster as fluid as it can be, especially when you’re acquiring big names. If you’re trading for such players, there’s always a money issue in keeping them long term or beyond their expiration date. If you’re trading those guys away, you have to give up some notable players to make a deal happen.
That’s the case with all of these options here. Though the Dodgers finished 2020 with a 43-17 record, they’d be even scarier with one of their former pitchers or hitters still rocking the Dodger blue.
Who could they be?!
3. Kenta Maeda
Former Dodgers SP Kenta Maeda has been incredible for the Twins.
With Walker Buehler dealing with blister issues at the moment, it’d sure be great if the Dodgers had another right-handed pitcher in the rotation with ample postseason experience…
But they had to trade Kenta Maeda in order to make the Mookie Betts deal work, and you do that 10 times out of 10. No discussion.
However, what’s frustrating is that Maeda had a tremendous start to 2020, going 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA and a league-leading 0.75 WHIP. He also shut down the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the Wild Card series before the defense blew it for him. Though Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin have been just as impressive with LA, this team needs playoff pedigree.
Maeda has that, logging a 2.87 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 25 games (four starts), which would’ve been invaluable for a Dodgers’ rotation that has been unable to get consistent production from their ace in 2020. Maeda as the No. 3 or 4 in the Dodgers’ rotation would be a nightmare for opposing teams.
But, like we said, this had to be done to get Betts. We don’t want to change that, but it’d be great to have a veteran like Maeda in the rotation right now, even if the Dodgers never seemed to use him properly.