3. Ian Happ
With Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy still not exactly coming around, the Dodgers might be searching for a left-handed bat at the deadline. In this case, possibly adding Ian Happ (a switch-hitter) to plop in left field (which would relegate Thompson to a more defined bench role and better the Dodgers’ depth) would make an enormous difference.
Happ was an All-Star in 2022 and is currently slashing .279/.366/.441 with a 126 OPS+. Though his power has taken a bit of a hit (only nine homers), he’s been a doubles machine (23) and is on pace for a career-best in the average department (suck on that, haters!).
The 27-year-old has been demolishing lefty pitching as a right-handed bat (.346/.407/.513 slash line in 47 games), which is what LA needs badly right now. Then again, such a trade with the Cubs wouldn’t be cheap. Happ is under team control through 2023 (his final year of arbitration) while he’s in the midst of a career year.
The talent level can’t be overlooked, though. And putting a bat like his possibly between Freddie Freeman and Gavin Lux would deepen the Dodgers’ lineup even more (which seems unrealistic). It just depends on the price … but if the Dodgers want to work out a package deal for reliever David Robertson, perhaps this could be an easy one-stop shop for LA and Chicago where both parties are left satisfied.