Only a week left until the trade deadline, a week left for the Dodgers‘ Front Office to pull of a trade that will get them the World Series ring Los Angeles so desires.
In order for a trade to happen, obviously, one team must give up players the other team thinks will help enhance its team in exchange for their key player that can greatly enhance the other team’s chances of going far into the postseason. The Dodgers have been notorious prospect huggers, and the ones they have agreed to deal have, for the most past, truly been ones they could part with, and haven’t made them the losers of the trade.
At this point, there are not too many teams that are pure rebuild mode, or too far out of contention. Presumably the Dodgers’ potential trade partners would be looking at either current MLB players or MLB ready players to be included in such a trade, and not just prospects that would be ready a year or two down the line.
So who on the Dodgers current roster could be included, in case such a demand is placed on a potential trade? Two quickly come to mind, after scouring twitter and blog comment sections. Both Austin Barnes and Enrique Hernandez have been a source of ire from the fan base.
As the primary catcher, Barnes is indeed good at that role, and has the confidence of the pitching staff to call a good game. However, his bat has left something to be desired. Being in the lineup 4-5 times a week, and batting before the pitcher, that could kill a lot of rallies. Barnes currently has a batting average below the Mendoza line, with five home runs. He is currently slumping big time, and has only 13 hits in his last 30 games.
But as we’ve said before, now is not the time to make a huge change at catcher, with only 2 months to go before the postseason starts. Despite his bat, Barnes is not likely to be traded.
Hernandez, for his part, was doing terrible earlier in the season. His batting average so far for the season, .242, is right in line with his lifetime average. However as of late he has been on fire. In his last 15 games he’s batting .386, and in his last seven games has a .524 OBP. Kiké has always been streaky at the plate, so who knows where he’ll be on that roller coaster come October. He is very good with his glove, and his versatility makes him an asset to the team. Still unlikely to be traded, but more likely than Barnes.Joc Pederson‘s name is another I’ve seen thrown around as being involved in a potential trade. The Dodgers do have a surplus of outfielders, and Joc has seemed to be odd man out with the signing of A.J. Pollock and play of Alex Verdugo. Still, he has 23 home runs, and that’s not nothing to trade away. But with the team recently giving him many reps at first base, it leads fans to wonder if they are showcasing him for a trade.Matt Beaty is an interesting thought. He has done nothing but rake since he has made his Major League debut in April. He’s got a slash line of .303/.331/.513/.843 with 10 doubles and five homers, and has definitely shown that the big time doesn’t bother him, coming through in the clutch time and time again. The Dodgers don’t currently need another first baseman, with Pederson, Max Muncy, David Freese, and Cody Bellinger all more than capable of playing there. Small sample size for sure, but he could be a player that another team would love to have.
Of course this all really is a lesson in futility, as no one knows what Friedman and Co will do in the coming days. Speculation is all we have until a trade is completely final. Here’s hoping this year’s trade is the one that gets the ring.