1. San Francisco Giants: Tyler Beede
Sorry we had to end this with an underwhelming scenario, but the Dodgers and Giants more than likely will not be trading with one another, so we had to make it as realistic and least impactful as possible.
Former first-round pick (back in 2014) Tyler Beede had lofty expectations coming out of Vanderbilt, but he’s now entering his age-29 season and hasn’t come close to meeting any of them. He’s appeared in 27 career MLB games since 2018. He missed all of 2020 and pitched just one game in 2021 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March of 2020.
Do the Giants still want to keep kicking the can down the road here? Or would they consider moving him and getting something in return as they deepen their pitching staff with a number of other veterans? Truth be told, they might be scared to trade Beede to the Dodgers because Giants’ exec Farhan Zaidi knows how the Dodgers can unlock underperforming or oft-injured pitchers after working alongside Friedman for years.
The Dodgers have taken chance on so many arms, most recently Phil Bickford, who burst onto the scene in 2021 after largely failing in his other stops. Beede, a former top draft prospect with the potential to make an impact, could help the Dodgers deepen their pitching staff if Roberts’ assistants can help him unlock his “stuff” after TJ surgery. It’s unclear if he’s abandoned his slider or just added a fourth pitch, but we’re sure the Dodgers can figure out a way to put him in the best possible position to succeed with his offerings (fastball, curveball, changeup and possibly slider).
Don’t forget, the Giants need to make WAY more upgrades than the Dodgers, and with Beede occupying an active roster spot, it wouldn’t be insane if they cut their losses and looked to improve more drastically after a 107-win season with all the talent that’s departed.