1. Gavin Lux to the A’s
The Oakland Athletics love three things: banking on talent, bringing in middle infield stopgaps, and selling high on their existing stars.
That’s why there’s a good chance they could be interested in a buy-low Lux deal, and why is also seems likely the Dodgers could…pry…Matt Chapman loose in this trade by expanding it? No. We wouldn’t dare.
If Andrew Friedman doesn’t do it, though, someone will. The Gold Glover seems as good as gone.
For now, we’ll ignore the scenario where Chapman is acquired as Justin Turner insurance and the Dodgers send over Lux nearly one-for-one. As we see it, Andrew Friedman should probably target Oakland’s trio of top-10 shortstop prospects: Nick Allen (No. 3), Logan Davidson (No. 5) and 18-year-old Robert Puason (No. 6).
Allen likely is too close to entrenching himself at the MLB level on an extremely cheap contract, so he’s likely close to untouchable. Puason is a lottery ticket, and one the A’s would probably like to continue to bank on. The slumping Davidson (.207 average with six homers at Double-A in his age-23 season) is probably the most likely centerpiece.
We’ll supplement the ex-Clemson Tiger with righty Tyler Baum, the team’s 14th-best prospect who’s languishing below Single-A right now?
Or…we could just circle back and revisit the Chapman trade talks. The Dodgers could use as many elite defenders as possible, and LA’s been a fairly solid destination to get your groove back in recent years. The former All-Star (2019) comes with two full years of control after 2021, and is currently in the midst of his only season with an OPS+ below 100. Just something to think about. Sure we’re not the first ones to consider it.