As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, this winter could be a time of great flux for the Dodgers roster. Today, let’s look at five players who most definitely won’t and four players who could be traded before the start of the 2019 season.
We can start with the most obvious player that will not be traded this off-season, and that is Clayton Kershaw. The once-in-a-generation pitcher was just signed to an extension, and the front office has made it clear they would like him to be a Dodger for life. Kershaw isn’t going anywhere.
Kenley Jansen, although dealing with some heart issues and after having an up and down year, is the big man at the end of the line, and won’t be in the Dodgers’ trade plans. Besides, finding someone to take over such a hefty contract would be difficult.
Coming off a season that was severely shortened after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery, Corey Seager will regain his spot at shortstop.
Cody Bellinger, reigning Rookie of the Year for a few hours or so, will still be patrolling either centerfield or showing his hops at first base.
Walker Buehler, one of the finalist for this year’s Rookie of the Year, will be anchoring the Dodgers rotation, and probably taking over the Ace status from Kershaw sooner than later.
Joc Pederson has never quite lived up to his potential, but has shown flashes of power. He had two homers in the postseason, and 25 on the regular season. In a crowded outfield he could be one of the first to go.
Coming off a season where he was named Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year, Matt Kemp still carries with him a huge contract and an aging body. He would be best suited at this point in his career to an AL team, and the Dodgers may look to unload him there. A year may have changed some teams minds that were not keen to play him last year.
Max Muncy is a controversial pick here. But the Dodger could very well look to sell high on their newfound star. Dodger fans would definitely be sad to see him go, but Muncy could be traded to fill in some holes existing in the Dodger lineup.
This one pains me the most the say, as I long have been vocal about Yasiel Puig staying with the team. But he has been rumored to be in any numbers of trades throughout his whole tenure with the Dodgers, including one from just last summer in exchange for Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. There’s no doubt that he will continue to be included in any upcoming trade talks.
I would not be surprised if any of the remaining members of the Dodgers roster were traded, as not much surprises me with the front office anymore. However, I think the four stated are the most likely to be involved in any trades. Who do you think the front office would be willing to part with to better the roster?