3 surprise trades Dodgers can make when MLB Lockout ends
By Adam Weinrib
2. Blue Jays Top SS Prospect Jordan Groshans for Ryan Pepiot/David Price
We’re thinking very far outside the box here, but … is Blue Jays star shortstop Bo Bichette going anywhere for the foreseeable future?
What about Orelvis Martinez, Toronto’s No. 2 prospect who’s a 3B/SS option, has a 2023 ETA, need some time to cook, and should start 2022 at High-A?
That leaves Jordan Groshans with a ticking clock attached to his prospect status — man, imagine trading Austin Martin and still having this glut of talent at the position? It’s like the Dodgers and Diego Cartaya.
Well, what if the Dodgers got creative in an effort to beef up their own middle infield situation after Corey Seager’s departure?
In order to offload David Price’s contract, LA’s going to have to attach some premium young talent to their offer. On the surface, Toronto seems like a perfect destination for Price seeing as he’s already helped get a young Blue Jays team over the playoff hump once this decade, right? The final year of Price’s seven-year deal hits in 2022, and the Red Sox are still paying for it, making the total cost $16 million for one year of a swingman. Price would battle for the No. 5 starter role in Toronto while potentially serving as a multi-inning Swiss Army knife.
To get the Dodgers fully absolved of the financial commitment, they’ll need to include an upper-echelon prospect, so we’ll add whichever top pitching prospect Toronto values more highly between Ryan Pepiot and Bobby Miller. MLB Pipeline and Baseball America are split on those two names, and we’ll admit they both come with different profiles. So, what would the Jays like? Polish or projections?
Price and a tippy-top pitching prospect for Groshans. A bizarre win-win, but a win-win nonetheless.