3 shortstop trade targets Dodgers need to begin exploring as soon as possible

Mar 26, 2023; Oakland, California, USA;  Oakland Athletics left fielder Aledmys Diaz (12) throws the
Mar 26, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Aledmys Diaz (12) throws the / Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have a problem. Well, a few of them. One of the latest is the injury to Miguel Rojas, which has further justified those who had their doubts about the initial move. Going from Trea Turner to Gavin Lux to Rojas to whatever’s next should have fans a bit concerned about the decision-making skills of the front office at this position.

The Dodgers need to already start scouting a few of the different shortstop options out there. While a major trade may not be imminent, there are a couple of shortstop targets the Dodgers should inquire about and keep tabs on.

3. Dodgers shortstop trade target: Aledmys Diaz

It’s not flashy. It’s not going to make you stop what you’re doing. It is a practical option for the Dodgers, who may need to make a move sooner rather than later. Veteran infielder Aledmys Diaz is on the Oakland Athletics roster, signed on a still-fresh deal through the 2024 season. The Athletics are paying him $6.5 million this season with an $8 million commitment for next season. 

Whether they’re still in Oakland in 2024 or already in Las Vegas, Diaz seems like a rather pricey player for them to have on their payroll. A trade seems to be the likeliest ending for his time in Oakland.

Diaz has gotten off to a slow start with the Athletics, but he has a history of being a decent MLB hitter and utility man. He was a part of the 2022 Houston Astros, where he found himself playing all over the field.

There are a couple of benefits Diaz can provide. The ability to play multiple positions, including the outfield, is nice to have. The Dodgers could find some use for him, even if they end up with someone else manning the position full-time. Plus, with the Athletics looking to save money, it shouldn’t cost them a whole lot of prospect capital.

The only thing stopping this trade from happening is how recently Diaz joined the ball club. Would the Athletics hand him over this quickly? We should expect them to make the Dodgers sweat a little longer, unless the offer is too good to refuse.