The front office has made it abundantly clear this off-season that they’re not going to make any big splashy moves, or add any money to their payroll. They like the team where it is, and they’re setting it up nicely for the future. But, the Tampa Bay Rays seem to be having a fire sale, and why wouldn’t the Dodgers at least want to check in on how they could acquire Chris Archer and Kevin Kiermaier.
I’ve written before about how Archer would fit in perfectly in the Dodgers organization. He’s just the type of personality and human being that fits the mold of the type of players and character the front office is trying to collect. Archer has two years left on his six-year, $25.5 million contract, with a club option for 2020-2021. He’s coming off a 10-12 season with a 4.07 ERA and 201 innings pitched.
The Dodgers have a plethora of outfielders at the moment, but why would you not want to check on the availability of an All-Star centerfielder? The 27-year-old Kiermaier is signed through 2022, on a six-year, $53 million contract with a team option for 2023. He only played 98 games in 2017 due to injury, and had a .276/.338/.450/.788 slash line. He also has two Gold Gloves and one Platinum Glove.
For two players of this caliber, it would seemingly take a lot of players, and creativity, to pull off such a trade. The Dodgers have the farm system, and the major league players to accomplish it. The Dodgers could start with sending one outfielder back—Joc Pederson perhaps. Then throw in one of the top prospects—Alex Verdugo, Keibert Ruiz or Yadier Alvarez. Throw is a couple lesser prospects and you have yourself a deal!
Obviously, I am not so naive to think that something as simple as this would get the deal done. I’m sure the Rays would be high on Walker Buehler, who isn’t someone the Dodgers want to part with. (Although, with Buehler’s not being able to pitch yet in spring training due to upper back discomfort, and his history with Tommy John surgery, could the Dodgers sell high?) I know that the Dodgers front office has the ability and creativity to pull a deal like this off.
The front office has a master plan, and of course we as fans are not privy to that information. We know that the team is still really good. But we sit and watch other teams, who also already were really good, go out and make improvements. It even prompted a Triple-A broadcaster to ask if the Dodgers were the least interesting team in Southern California. Of course the answer is no, that’s just silly. But the fact remains, the Dodgers need another starter, and don’t actually have a true center fielder, regardless of how many outfielders they currently have. C’mon, guys. You can pull this trade off. Let’s see it.
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