The Los Angeles Dodgers have been there and done that regarding big trades. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, and Yu Darvish. Since the team is regularly among the perennial candidates, it is no debate as to why they execute these trades.
This trade deadline season isn’t any different, as the Dodgers have many names linked to them.
Even with a record of 66-32, the Dodgers are still looking to add pieces for the postseason push.
We’ll take a look here at some names the Dodgers have been linked to.
This one is obvious: the Dodgers and Soto have been linked for quite some time; the Dodgers are one of the few teams with the prospect capital the Nationals are seeking in return. The only factor is if the Dodgers genuinely want Soto or not. If they truly wish to trade for him, they could trade away their best prospects. If not, they can take another approach and wait til these prospects develop or wait for their current players on the injured list to rehab.
Martinez is quite interesting, as the Red Sox are currently last place in the A.L. East, but they’re at a .500 winning percentage and only 3 ½ games back from a wildcard spot. So, this weekend series for Boston could determine whether they’re buyers or sellers.
Martinez is an impending free agent, so he’d be a rental as Boston may just look to get something small in return for him. The spot in which Martinez would slide in is the DH spot; he’s batting .293 along with nine homers. The Dodgers could use another power bat, considering the performance of the struggling Max Muncy.
Most recently, the Dodgers were interested in Cooper, the first baseman who earned his first All-Star nod this year. The Marlins have made it known they’ll listen to offers for anyone except Sandy Alcantara. Cooper has spent time at first base and DH this season, so his role for the Dodgers could be more at the DH.
If the Dodgers were to trade for him, the team would have control through the 2024 season. Plus, he is a Los Angeles native. For the season, Cooper is batting .279 with seven homers and 40 RBIs.
Castillo and the Dodgers have seemingly been linked to each other for the past three years; the Reds have made it clear they are more than willing to listen to offers. The two-time All-Star is a hot commodity with many contenders looking to add him to their ballclub. However, the Dodgers should get Dustin May back soon, along with Walker Buehler, later in the season.
The team already carried a six-man rotation with the return of Andrew Heaney, not to mention the influx of arms in the farm system, if they’re not traded. The Dodgers have great pitching already, and it’s not more of the fact they don’t want Castillo, but maybe they’re just overcrowded already.
The Dodgers can do whatever they want at the trade deadline. They can go big or make smaller trades to grab a bench bat or another reliever. Whatever they decide to do, the team is in an excellent position to make another deep run into October.