2. Brusdar Graterol
Once MLB insiders feel confident enough in your involvement in several trade rumors to publicly drop your name, you know your future with your current franchise might not be so stable.
In 2020, Brusdar Graterol was the impressive additional piece to the Mookie Betts/David Price swap, an electric reliever whom the Red Sox declined to add to their package, citing medical concerns and nearly throwing the entire trade off its axis.
Luckily, the Dodgers stepped in, and Graterol rewarded their front office’s faith and wheeling/dealing skills by posting a 3.09 ERA in the shortened season, followed by three spotless outings in the World Series totaling 2.0 innings.
This season, though, has been a different story entirely, backing up Boston’s worries a year too late (through a series of largely unpredictable mishaps). Graterol got a late start to the campaign after battling COVID-19 in the offseason, then found himself relegated to minor-league duty, optioned amid several injury bounce-backs.
It certainly feels like selling low on Graterol to place him up for grabs following a campaign in which he’s posted an ERA in the mid-6.00s, especially for a team like the Dodgers that can brag about a lot of things, but not possessing a stable bullpen. Kenley Jansen is a free agent following 2021, and every role around him is very much not solidified. Will Friedman really resume trade conversations surrounding Graterol once this campaign ends, all things considered?
It’s hard to sell lower than Graterol’s position at the 2021 deadline, though, and it certainly seemed like the team was ready to hope someone else was in love with his advanced metrics so they could move on. He very well may be taking his bowling ball sinker elsewhere come December.