The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect Michael Busch appeared in 26 games in the major leagues this year in a utility capacity. He was mostly used at third base, but also spent eight games at DH, some at first and second, and one in left field. He's shown real proficiency in the minors, capturing the 2023 Minor League Player of the Year award after hitting .323/.431/.618 with 27 home runs and 90 RBI. Unfortunately, that kind of production didn't carry over the majors, where he hit .167/.247/.292 and logged a -4 OAA at third base.
It could be that Busch, after getting a peek at the major league level, just needs more time to make the transition over. He's someone who can be utilized if given the proper amount of run ... but he's also someone who can easily be traded because he still possesses value after his success at Triple-A OKC.
Ryan Pepiot/Jonny Deluca
Fans across the game have been hearing Ryan Pepiot and Jonny Deluca's names more often than ever before this week, as it's been reported that they could be involved in a trade with the Rays that would see Tyler Glasnow and Manuel Margot come to LA. Pepiot has pitched 78.1 major league innings over two seasons and has maintained a 2.76 ERA. Deluca played in 24 games this past year, hitting .262/.311/.429. These are good numbers from both of these players, especially given their level of experience, but a two-to-two trade for Glasnow and Margot would definitely be an appropriate use of their value.
The Rays don't like to spend money, they're clearly looking to turn Glasnow's $25 million salary for 2024 into controllable assets. Margot isn't cheap either; he's owed $10 million and has a mutual option for $12 million next year. Pepiot and Deluca show a lot of promise and are still years away from being arbitration-eligible, which is definitely a draw for Tampa Bay.