3. Jose Ramirez
Perhaps the Dodgers could just go after Jose Ramirez, have him flip between second, third and DH for the time being, and then profit moving forward?
Ever since Francisco Lindor left Cleveland, Ramirez has seemed ticketed for the next train out, though the Guardians have somehow not only not pulled the trigger here, but haven’t really even leaked the rumors into the mainstream.
Ramirez, a legitimate MVP candidate and game-changer in his prime, can hit free agency after 2022 (but he has a team option for 2023 that’ll likely be picked up). We’d advocate the Dodgers make the deal this offseason (or at the deadline), then knock that team option into the Pacific Ocean and extend both Ramirez and Trea Turner next offseason.
Boom. Contention window reopened.
Ramirez posted 6.7 WAR last season splitting his time between third base and DH, and hasn’t played much second since 2017 (71 games, he finished third in the MVP race) and 2018 (16 games, he also finished third in the MVP race), but could probably man the position again for the time being.
He could also rest up for 20-30 DH games after Muncy works himself back to full health.
Damn the positional adjustments for now. It’ll work itself out. When there’s a 28-year-old, 141 OPS+ bat on the trade market and you need infield depth (and you have a mega-budget and fertile farm system), you pull the trade trigger now and worry about the JT questions next offseason.