2. Dodgers shortstop trade target: Jose Barrero
The Cincinnati Reds have more shortstops than they know what to do with. They’re a team the Dodgers absolutely have to call up. On the major league roster, there’s Kevin Newman and Jose Barrero. Barrero, at 25, seems to be the better choice, if only because he’s younger. One could make the argument he has yet to reach his ceiling.
If the Diaz choice didn’t satisfy you, Barrero won’t blow you away either. His highest batting average thus far in a season is only .200. Last season, in 174 plate appearances, Barrero slashed .152/.195/.206. Woof!
It wouldn’t cost a whole lot for the Dodgers to acquire Barrero, given how small of a role he’ll have in Cincinnati once their better prospects are deemed ready. For even a mid-level-or-below outfield prospect, the Reds should accept.
Something positive to note for Barrero is how he did slash .303/.380/.539 with 19 home runs in 380 minor league at-bats in 2021. He can hit. Those skills have yet to translate to the majors. He wouldn’t be the first player to leave a team and find his groove with the Dodgers. In looking for a temporary upgrade, he’s someone to consider. He does have a minor league option remaining. Use it if things go sour and begin the search again.