The Los Angeles Dodgers have had an up-and-down 2023 season thus far, and no matter how you spin it, it's clear that the team needs help at the deadline. Specifically, the Dodgers need to add pitching help. Andrew Friedman said it himself.
With a rich farm system full of prospects, the Dodgers have the means to make headlines at the deadline. The team often has a great track record of trading prospects as well. Unless it's Yordan Alvarez or Oneil Cruz, if the Dodgers trade a prospect, they probably won't fully pan out.
There are several prospects that fans should circle as potential trade bait during the deadline. However, there are also some that may seem like trade bait that the Dodgers should avoid moving at all costs.
And, of course, we're only talking about relevant prospects, not borderline top-30 guys. Bobby Miller is also no longer in consideration as he's firmly part of the big-league club.
Untouchable Dodgers prospect: Diego Cartaya
This one almost goes without saying. Diego Cartaya is the future of the catcher position for the Dodgers and there's not a return that would make it worth trading him during the season.
It would take a true superstar trade package to convince the Dodgers to move Cartaya, and that simply doesn't seem to be in the cards for any team this year. With the looming free agency of Shohei Ohtani (and Juan Soto the year after that), the Dodgers should remain patient, hold onto Cartaya, and make their big splash during the winter.
Cartaya legitimately has the potential to be the next great Dodgers prospect that turns into a household name at Chavez Ravine. It's going to take some time, but fans must be patient.