Dodgers: 3 players LAD can use as trade bait this offseason

Jerry Trotta
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 07: Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers visits the mound to talk with pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 as teammates Justin Turner #10, Gavin Lux #48, Corey Seager #5, Cody Bellinger #35 and catcher Will Smith #16 look on during the first inning of the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 1-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 07: Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt #40 of the Los Angeles Dodgers visits the mound to talk with pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 as teammates Justin Turner #10, Gavin Lux #48, Corey Seager #5, Cody Bellinger #35 and catcher Will Smith #16 look on during the first inning of the MLB game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on September 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 1-0. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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1. Tony Gonsolin

There may not be a spot in the Dodgers’ stacked rotation for RHP Tony Gonsolin.

Let’s be honest: the last thing the Dodgers need right now is starting pitching. Their rotation is all booked up for next season and, unfortunately for promising rookie Tony Gonsolin, chances are he doesn’t make the cut.

Gonsolin was highly regarded coming up through the Dodgers’ rich farm system, always ranking near the top of their annual prospect rankings, and there’s no reason to believe that he won’t live up to his potential. After all, he’s compiled a 2.60 ERA, 83 strikeouts and a 0.932 WHIP across 86.2 career innings (20 appearances, 14 starts).

At 26 years old, Gonsolin is at the age where he can regularly contribute to an elite starting rotation. Barring an injury to one of their other starters, however, he simply isn’t going to get that chance with the Dodgers — at least not for the next couple of seasons. Based on what we saw in the postseason, this is what we can expect their rotation to look like.

  • Clayton Kershaw
  • Walker Buehler
  • Julio Urias
  • David Price
  • Dustin May

Fans probably forgot about David Price after he opted out of the 2020 season, but you better believe he’ll play a major part on the Dodgers staff next year, especially since he’s slated to earn a whopping $32 million.

We love what the future holds for Gonsolin. We’re just not so sure he has one with the Dodgers, given the depth of their pitching staff. Offering him up as trade bait could potentially work out best for both parties in the long run.

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