Could the Dodgers and Rockies hook up for a massive trade that goes beyond Nolan Arenado? Ken Rosenthal, we love it.
Ken Rosenthal’s latest column for The Athletic begins with the concept that the trades MLB teams readily bandy about within the confines of their decision-makers’ chambers are often wilder even than the ones posited by crazed fans. If that’s the case, then perhaps the Dodgers really are weighing a Nolan Arenado deal…and beyond?
Rosenthal posits that the Dodgers and Rockies, in an ideal world, could go much further creatively than simply replacing the likely-departing Justin Turner with Arenado and calling it an expensive day.
The MLB insider suggests that, with Corey Seager and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story both set to hit free agency next offseason, the two teams could swap shortstops, too, allowing the Dodgers to make over the entire left side of their infield with ex-Colorado stars.
Add Joe Kelly for salary matching, and Rosenthal seems to believe you could have a wild match.
One thing this trade assumes which we’re not quite inclined to agree with is that the Dodgers are worried about losing players like Seager, Cody Bellinger and Walker Buehler as their arbitration rates rise.
That doesn’t seem like a foregone conclusion, especially since Los Angeles has treated all three as members of their core — at least, the rumors surrounding Bellinger and Buehler have barely been whispers.
And if they go overboard to acquire Story to fill the shortstop gap they’ve…just created, would they then extend him? Or is this one-year rental for one-year rental? If so, it may never escape the four walls of Andrew Friedman’s skull.
But it’s refreshing to know, atop it all, that Rosenthal really does think the men and women who inhabit MLB front offices are as crazy as we are.
Some are out there saying “Arenado to the Dodgers” is too crazy to ever happen, but one man is theorizing that we should not stop there. And for that, we are thankful.