2. Anthony Santander
No, Cedric Mullins and John Means aren’t for sale. Why yes, Anthony Santander is available … but he’s hitting .239 and his OPS is down from .890 last year to .669 this season.
The only reason Santander is on the market is because he’s underperforming. Still, if the Dodgers want to bet on this outfielder, they’ll have to throw in some mighty powerful trade chips.
The 2020 season was a bit of a breakout year for Santander, who hit .261 while swatting 11 homers in only 37 games. Oh, and he was nominated for the Gold Glove, too. It’s not that Santander’s terrible this year, it’s just that he’s not as good as before (he slugged 20 home runs in 93 games back in 2019).
There were bright spots, sure. When he came off the injured list in May he returned to his superhuman form, going 13-for-33 with eight extra base hits and three RBI in his first eight games back. His seven doubles during that span led the league. The bottom line is, the Dodgers need to add to their outfield depth come playoff time, and Santander could be their man. For a while Santander did claim title of Most Valuable Oriole in right field, and he’s shown flashes of promise in holding down a prominent slot in Baltimore’s batting order.
At the ripe age of 26, Santander seems like an on-the-fence piece for the Orioles who might not be sure if they should keep him for the rebuilding process or sell him for a tastier prospect. Baltimore will reportedly post an “insane” asking price for their prized outfielder, but the amount could change in the coming weeks. Either way, the Dodgers should monitor.