4. Trading for Trea Turner and Max Scherzer
This trade is still a work in progress and it could easily end up being much higher on this list. Trea Turner is still under his initial contract with the Dodgers, and if the team is able to re-sign him this offseason, then the trade will shoot up the rankings for that reason alone.
This trade could even rank higher if the Dodgers win the World Series in 2022 and Turner plays a big role in that outcome. Turner has been fantastic in 2022, but as far as the 2021 results go, it did not go as planned.
Turner struggled with the Dodgers, particularly in the postseason. He was not the same guy he was with the Nationals, and it was a shame to see. Meanwhile, Max Scherzer suffered dead arm that he tried blaming on the Dodgers, which hurt the team’s rotation in the NLCS.
Los Angeles did trade two pretty big-name prospects in this trade in Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz and the verdict is obviously still out on them. They could turn into great MLB players, but they could also follow the same path as other prospects Friedman and Co. have traded in the past.
Gray has not been that great this season, as the 24-year-old has a 4.40 ERA and 1.272 WHIP. Ruiz has left more to be desired in 2022 as well, with a .252/.313/.350 slash line. However, Ruiz is good defensively behind the plate and just barely turned 24.