3 blocked Dodgers prospects LA should consider trading

Apr 26, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Michael Busch (83)
Apr 26, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Michael Busch (83) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the enviable position of having a wealth of talent, both on their big league roster and in their minor league ranks. While they have been picking near the bottom of every round in the draft for years, the Dodgers have still managed to find quality players on a consistent basis to keep the talent pipeline coming. Case in point: James Outman was a seventh-round pick back in 2018, and that has turned out quite well for LA so far.

However, hard choices have to be made sometimes, and the Dodgers are usually very good at understanding where they have prospect depth and making moves to improve their club using that depth. Here is a look at some prospects that may have a tough path to regular playing time with the Dodgers, whom the team should consider moving in the right deal.

3 Dodgers prospects who might be traded soon

Diego Cartaya

Okay, okay...I know you are already mad at seeing Cartaya's name here, but hear us out. Cartaya is one of the better catching prospects in the league thanks to his very high offensive ceiling. This isn't an argument against that. However, the reality is that Will Smith is under team control through at least the 2025 season and also seems like a prime candidate for a contract extension at some point because he has been awesome. Does having Cartaya on the big league roster getting the smaller end of a time share at catcher seem like the best use of his talents to you?

The answer is probably not. Cartaya may end up being great, but the better value decision may be to use him as a trade piece. Premium catching prospects are valued very highly across the league, as there are very few players that can handle both catching defensively and mashing. Seriously, go look at the top 10 catchers in the league...things drop off VERY quickly. The Dodgers have some roster holes that need filling in the short and long-term, and Cartaya could help net them a high quality return. If the team DOES end up needing a catcher in the future, they still have Dalton Rushing in the system, who is already making a strong argument for being the better prospect of the two at present anyways.