Dodgers: 3 Cody Bellinger trades that make sense if LAD bails

Adam Weinrib
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his pop fly out to end the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on September 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his pop fly out to end the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on September 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

2. Cody Bellinger to the Cleveland TBDs

Since the dawn of time, Cleveland has needed outfield help, and there may be no more pedigreed reclamation project on the market at any time during the next … decade?

Right now, the team from The Land is floating Myles Straw, Oscar Mercado, Bradley Zimmer and Harold Ramirez around the outfield while Josh Naylor — also kind of, maybe, sort of not an outfielder — recovers from a nasty injury on the 60-Day IL. Bellinger may be far from a sure thing, but he’d also immediately waltz into that outfield with cache — and out of the National League, while he’s at it.

For this trade to work, Cleveland would probably have to craft a prospect-based package; there aren’t many ‘tweeners on this roster, except perhaps Amed Rosario and Bobby Bradley, neither of whom will be assuredly available or of interest to Andrew Friedman. What about 2020 second-rounder Logan Allen, a lefty starter who isn’t the Logan Allen currently scuffling in the majors to the tune of a 7.11 ERA?

Ooh, you know what? That would be fun. Logan Allen the prospect (No. 10 on MLB Pipeline’s top 30) and Logan Allen, the 24-year-old MLBer for Bellinger.

More realistically, though, we’d project the minor-league Allen and speedy 2B/OF Richard Palacios (No. 14), who could help next year in LA.

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