Reynaldo Lopez and Keynan Middleton - Which Would Make the Better Dodger?
Now for the bullpen. Any addition would be helpful, given what's happened to the Dodgers in that department this year. Lopez no longer seems like an attractive trade candidate, but, again, a potential buy-low situation here might entice the Dodgers, who always seem to make the right tweaks with pitchers who need a reawakening.
Lopez finished 2022 with a 2.61 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 61 games. This year, he's 2-5 with a 4.74 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. There's value, if the correct buttons are pressed. As for Middleton, he's the far superior option (at least this year). He has a 3.09 ERA, 3.87 FIP and 1.16 WHIP with 41 strikeouts in 32 innings of work. He could clean it up a bit in the HR and BB department, but he has a very nice Baseball Savant page that suggests his overall good performance this year is legitimate. The Dodgers could use a nasty changeup out of the 'pen.
Yoan Moncada - Unlikely Dodgers Trade Candidate
In theory, yes, Moncada is a fit. The Dodgers need some infield flexibility (especially with actual infielders and younger options) and he brings exactly that. But outside of his impressive 2019 season, Moncada's been a below-average major leaguer at the plate and it's been frustrating to watch. The Dodgers shouldn't be paying any sort of a premium (Moncada is still just 28 and is controllable through 2024 with a club option for 2025) if the acquisition won't provide a discernible improvement on the offensive end. Moncada would be a decent upgrade over Miguel Rojas in terms of production from the team's infielders, and that would be it. He's been good for a 78 OPS+ over his last 142 games and frequently finds himself on the IL. Pass.
Kendall Graveman - Honorable Mention
He wasn't listed as a rumored trade candidate and there honestly hasn't been a lot of buzz surrounding the right-hander, but he's been good in 2023. A 2.93 ERA and 1.13 WHIP is A+ for the Dodgers bullpen at this point, so maybe they can coax the White Sox into a package deal with Graveman among the pieces dealt to LA.