If recent history has taught us anything, it’s that Andrew Friedman and Co. like to make a major trade right before Christmas. Will this season follow the same pattern?
Last year, on December 21st, the Dodgers traded Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and prospects in a trade that was a salary dump. December 16th 2017, they traded Charlie Culberson, Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy to the Atlanta Braves for Kemp. And, in 2015, they made multiple trades in December to acquire Enrique Hernandez, Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal, among others.
There are, of course, multiple trade rumors that the Dodgers are involved in. The two most persistent ones involve trading for Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, and Francisco Lindor and/or Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians. Yesterday, Dennis covered the ins and outs of such a trade with the Red Sox, and whether it might include David Price. Including Price would be mostly a salary dump for the Red Sox, a trade scenario that the Dodgers have engaged in before.
If the Dodgers did acquire Betts, then one would assume there would be some shuffling of outfielders. A right fielder, he or Cody Bellinger would have to move to left field. And of course the caveat with Betts is that his contract is up after the 2020 season, and I find it doubtful that the Dodgers would want to pay the superstar what he would be commanding, especially with their own budding superstars like Walker Buehler and Bellinger who will be doing so in the not so distant future.
As stated, there have been persistent rumors the last two seasons regarding the Dodgers and the Indians. If the Dodgers were to go all in on a trade, this would be the one to do it. A superstar shortstop, and an excellent arm to put in line behind Buehler in the rotation.￼￼ But this would be a trade that the Dodgers would have to give up more than they’ve ever given up for any other trade. I know that Friedman is adept at making deals that are a little bit more beneficial to the Dodgers, but a trade of this caliber would really hit deep. ￼￼￼
New rumors have surfaced that both the Padres and the Reds are in on Clevenger and Lindor. One can never be sure if these are absolutely true, or if it’s the teams and/or agents leaking info to drive the price up on the Dodgers. The thing is, the Dodgers could easily beat both of their offers, if they really wanted Lindor and Clevinger. Gavin Lux seems to be the whole linchpin to the off season. Do the Dodgers trade him or not?
I think that neither of these trades are the one that end up going down for the Dodgers. ￼If we are indeed going on past precedence, a trade that no one ever saw coming will be what happens. That’s just the way this front office works. Hopefully, the front office gives us a holiday gift we all deserve, even if we don’t know what it is just yet.￼ ￼