We’ve reached the early stages of the offseason when the is absolutely no news. Last week, the regular season awards were announced. Now, fans just sit and wait for any rumblings of trades or signings.
Dodger fans are not immune. While Los Angeles did just win the World Series, there is always room for improvement. Fans are also waiting to hear if any of their favorite free agent Dodgers would be re-signed.
It’s also the early part of the offseason when talking heads and fans alike start to throw out trade ideas to see if anything sticks. Monday, MLB.com once again linked the Dodgers as a trade partner to the Cleveland Indians, suggesting Los Angleles send RHP Dustin May, IF/OF Matt Beaty, and prospect OF Cody Thomas to Cleveland for SS Francisco Lindor.
Jose covered a possible Lindor trade in his article last week. Dennis has discussed it at times, too. While the enigmatic shortstop would be more than welcome on the team, he’s not a need. Some shuffling around also would be needed, as the Dodgers have NLCS and World Series MVP Corey Seager already at short.
The Cubs are said to be listening to any and all offers for any of their players this offseason. They have said this previously and not ever really made any big trades, but for the sake of this article, let’s imagine they will. The Cubs never quite made it back to where they were in 2016 when the won the World Series. They finished the 2020 season at 34-26, winners of the NL Central, but lost in the Wild Card round to the Marlins.
The Cubs are seemingly loaded with talent that didn’t produce last year under first-year manager David Ross. They also have quite a few players that are one year from arbitration, or have one year left on their contract.
One of those players that could be intriguing is third baseman Kris Bryant. While he had a sub par year in 2020, batting only .206 with a 0.3 WAR and four home runs, his 2019 campaign was good—he hit 31 home runs and 35 doubles with a .281/.382/.521/.901 slash line.
With one year left on his contract in his third year of arbitration, he is due $18.6M. Playing both third base and the outfield, he could share the load at the hot corner with Edwin Rios while the Dodgers bide their time waiting for prospect Kody Hoese.
Just for the fun of it, why not have a reunion with old friend Yu Darvish? The right hander just finished second in the NL Cy Young voting for this past season. He went 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA with only five home runs and 14 walks allowed. He is owed $59M over the next three seasons.
Due to the fact that both of these players are owed a lot of money, Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman could get creative with a trade or talk the Cubs into paying a lot of those players’ salaries.
Justin Turner would be the cheaper option, as he is not expected to command his former salary of $16M a year. Darvish might not want a reunion with the team he almost won a World Series with, whom fans tried to use as a scapegoat. But fans now know that the 2017 championship was stolen from the Dodgers, and most would welcome him back with open arms. Imagine a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, David Price, and Darvish.
I don’t see either of those trades happening, but it’s still a fun idea to think about while we wait for the Hot Stove to heat up.