With just under two weeks until the trade deadline, it’s no surprise that trade talks and rumors have started to heat up all over.
The Dodgers, who seem to have all but ran away with the NL West, could quite possibly be big buyers on the trade market as they look to improve a lackluster bullpen or even add another starter to an already impressive rotation.
Just how much the Dodgers are willing to give up to improve in 2019 is yet to be seen, however.
Sources tell NBC LA, that in trade talks, some opposing teams have asked for #Dodgers MLB talent in addition to prospects. LA is reluctant to include any MLB players, but could be willing to move someone on their roster for the right player(s).
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) July 19, 2019
With one of the top-ranked farm systems in all of baseball, Andrew Friedman and co. possess all the assets necessary to get a deal done, but seem to be approaching talks with a healthy cautiousness.
As we approach the heightened period of trade activity ahead of the deadline, here are our farm system rankings. Methodology here: https://t.co/RmR5QN7GyZ pic.twitter.com/XCpFHkgB0R
— FanGraphs Prospects (@FG_Prospects) July 13, 2019
Beyond prospects, Duarte mentions that teams are asking Los Angeles for MLB talent from the big club. While there is the possibility of Friedman trading from the current team — someone like Joc Pederson comes to mind — that remains very remote. Most recently AJ Ellis was traded from the active roster during the 2016 season.
While fans certainly hope the front office does something to improve the bullpen, if nothing else, they can be confident that the team won’t give up their top prospects for just anyone.
Also, the Dodgers’ midseason moves the past two years should not be forgotten as July 31 rapidly approaches.
While neither move eventually amounted to a World Series title, the front office pulled the trigger on acquiring Yu Darvish in 2017 and made a similar move in acquiring Manny Machado last year. Whether they were the right decisions or not is debatable, but both instances display the team’s willingness to move assets if they believe it will give the team a better chance to win now.
The Dodgers’ team may look slightly different come August. Fans can only hope that any trades made result in a World Series win come October.
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