1. Landon Knack, RHP
Obviously, the list of prospects that the Dodgers could end up actually trading is much longer than just three. However, when it comes to pinpointing the easiest prospects to move, there are only three players that really stand out above the rest.
The best of those players is Landon Knack, who checks in as MLB Pipeline’s seventh overall prospect in the Dodgers system. While that might not seem very high, that might be the highest that the Dodgers are actually willing to go when it comes to a trade.
This year is different, and you could make a case for the Dodgers keeping all six of the top-six prospects in the organization. Granted, there could always be a blockbuster that develops that could change things, but it would be legitimately shocking if anyone one through six was dealt.
Sixth-rated Ryan Pepiot already made his MLB debut and is killing it at Oklahoma City. He is going to be in the rotation next season. Fifth-rated Vargas is the obvious Justin Turner replacement plan. Fourth-rated Andy Pages is the only outfield prospect in the top 13. Third-rated Michael Busch is obviously the long-term Max Muncy replacement plan. Second-rated Bobby Miller is too good to trade and first-rated Diego Cartaya is the catcher of the future.
Out of those six, Michael Busch is probably the most likely to be traded, but he certainly is not an easy prospect to trade, especially with there being question marks around an impending Trea Turner extension.
Landon Knack makes the cut, as he is a talented right-handed pitcher who can get a decent return for the Dodgers. Knack is expendable, as the Dodgers have two right-handed pitchers ranked ahead of him, as well as right-handed Andre Jackson ranked below him. Jackson made his MLB debut last season and pitched well, albeit he is struggling in Triple-A this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers somehow have set themselves up perfectly to spend a ton of money in the offseason. Could Aaron Judge be on the docket?
Knack is not going to warrant some superstar return, but he absolutely can be the centerpiece of a larger package for a good reliever or good outfielder.
It might not be the massive trade that Dodger fans are used to, but given the circumstances, it makes sense for LA.