3 Dodgers trades that can help LA win the offseason
By Adam Weinrib
1. Dodgers Trade for Matt Olson
I know y’all like Freddie Freeman. Hometown boy. Role model. MVP. Perfect solution, as long as the NL absorbs the DH and Max Muncy is able to rehab/play a little second base by midsummer.
But … he’s going back to the Braves. Sorry. That relationship is only “fractured” as much as it needs to be in order to get a sixth year guaranteed on that contract.
So, assuming Freeman returns to the South, what better way to make a first base statement than to block the Yankees from improving and take away their only shot at an offseason blockbuster?
In order to secure Matt Olson’s final two years of control, the Dodgers are going to have to lay everything in their prospect pool out on the table and make it all available. Probably three top-10 guys will need to change hands. But, you know what? It’s worth it. Olson is coming off a superstar season (153 OPS+, 5.8 WAR, 39 bombs) and has the perfect swing for hooking fastballs out along the right-field line. Theoretically, he feels like a luxury and not a need — especially when we’re talking a Cartaya/Miller/Pages package — but ask yourself this: if you’re willing to lock down Freeman for six years and shuffle the deck chairs just because he’s a hometown kid, why wouldn’t you be willing to trade assets for somebody better?
First base is a need, whether it’s Freeman or Olson, as long as the first baseman you add is a blue-chipper. Don’t bend over backwards to sign Anthony Rizzo just because of some residual Muncy uncertainty, but if you can add one of these top two names, you do it without asking questions.
That’s what’s made the Dodgers the Dodgers, after all.