All of the baseball world is in a quiet holding pattern in the days leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting. Sure, there’s an odd signing or trade here or there, but overall, it’s all been pretty uneventful.
Numerous National League teams have made some improvements in the last month or two. The Cincinnati Reds are definitely going to be an interesting team to watch. With the addition of Nicholas Castellanos today, they seem to be a threat up and down the lineup. I’m sure they’ll figure it out defensively before then.
Also today, the Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly completed a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates for Starling Marte, in exchange for two prospects. They and the San Diego Padres seem poised to fight it out for second place in the division.
Rumors continue to abound of course, because people don’t really have anything else to talk about. Lately they have moved on from the Dodgers trading for Francisco Lindor, and on to trading for Mookie Betts and Nolan Arenado.
These are old hat, of course, and ones we’ve discussed here at Think Blue Planning Committee numerous times. We’ve talked about why the Dodgers should go for Arenado now, on Thursday. Today, Jim Bowden had a piece in The Athletic saying that the Dodgers were one of six teams with a viable opportunity to trade for Arenado, if they were willing to part with Gavin Lux, in addition to Keibert Ruiz and another pitching prospect, such as Josiah Grey or Gerardo Carrillo.
Would that be enough to make the Rockies trade intra-divisionally, and would Lux be enough of a return to make Rockies fans at least partly happy with that trade? Maybe?
The other little bit is that the Padres and the Dodgers are supposedly the last two suitors for Betts in Boston. I could definitely see the Dodgers making San Diego overpay to get Betts, if they thought they could get the All-Star outfielder instead of Los Angeles.
But today, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN sent out this tweet:
Now take that with a grain of salt, as the Dodgers have been proclaiming that since December, and still nothing to see. But the fact Friedman states that it could still be before Spring Training, and not just the playoffs is a tad bit more interesting. I do not believe that Lux would be involved in a trade for Betts.
No doubt the Dodgers could absorb the loss of their top prospect and still be a really good team for years to come. But the front office have made the right call on most other prospects up until this point, namely in Walker Buehler and Cody Bellinger. They both have definitely lived up to their hype.
The lone outlier seems to be Yordan Alvarez, whom the Dodgers traded to Houston for Josh Fields. Still, their overall track record is very good when it comes to this, so if they think that Lux will be the next big thing, then I would tend to give them the benefit of the doubt.
But even with all that, the caveats that the Dodgers will still be good enough without Betts or Arenado, that the Padres still wouldn’t be at the Dodgers level if they got Betts, yada yada yada, I still feel they should go for it with one of these elite talents. Talk to them about signing a longer term extension.
After hearing how disgusted the Dodger players are with how the 2017 World Series went down, and the lack of remorse from the Astros players, the Dodgers should do everything in their power to build a team that just obliterates every other team in their path on the way to a World Series Championship.
To echo Thursday’s column, wishful thinking, but I think it’s what they, and we as fans, deserve.