Despite this season's ups and downs, the Los Angeles Dodgers went into the MLB All-Star break in a deadlock tie for first place in the National League West with the Arizona Diamondbacks. LA is in a good position to make a run in the second half and hopefully make a deeper one in October.
If the Dodgers are going to win the World Series in 2023, however, then the team is going to need to add talent at the trade deadline. With a loaded farm system and prospects to spare, Los Angeles could make serious noise within the next few weeks to disrupt the entire dynamic of the league.
Like Manny Machado in 2018 or Max Scherzer and Trea Turner in 2021, the Dodgers may add to their 2023 All-Star total with a trade before this year's August 1 deadline. And there are more that might be available than you originally thought.
3 MLB All-Stars that could be traded to the Dodgers
We cannot put together an All-Star trade list without including Shohei Ohtani, who is undoubtedly the best player on the planet. The Dodgers are already considered the favorites to sign Ohtani this winter, but what if the team brought him to LA a bit early?
As great as Ohtani is, the price would be doable for the Dodgers. The Angels will get the best trade return in MLB history (or second-best since it might be hard to top the Padres' package for Juan Soto) for half-season of a player. If any team has the ammunition to spare, it's the Dodgers.
This would get Ohtani in the building for this year's World Series push and would allow the Dodgers to get a head start on extension talks. The only player the Dodgers have signed to a massive long-term contract has been Mookie Betts, who the team traded for first. Perhaps Ohtani could follow in his footsteps.
Will Arte Moreno and the Angels actually be able to stomach trading the most dominant player in MLB history? It doesn't appear so. But it's the best thing for the franchise, and if the Angels keep sliding maybe Ohtani himself will force the deal.