As Brian Dozier talks begin to fade, the Dodgers are forced to pursue other second basemen. Logan Forsythe and Ian Kinsler are the popular names, but if L.A. opts for a cheaper route, it opens up the chance of pursuing an outfielder.
If the Dodgers address second base without dipping much into their wealth (both monetary and prospect-wise), the team could trade for Andrew McCutchen or Ryan Braun, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 11, 2017
Rosenthal lists Chase Utley, Stephen Drew, Luis Valbuena and Dustin Ackley as qualifiers for the “cheap” label. At that point the Dodgers can weight what combination will help the team most: Valbuena + Braun, Ackley + McCutchen, Kinsler + incumbent, etc.
Both McCutchen and Braun have been long rumored as movable by their respective organizations. The price tag for McCutchen is high, and eventually proved too rich for the Washington Nationals, who were at one point reportedly deep in talks with Pittsburgh. The New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays are among suitors, but no talks have progressed. Our Trevor Vernola previously wrote about a McCutchen-Dodgers partnership and proposed an offer.
As Rosenthal noted, the Dodgers tried to acquire Braun twice in the last year. We recently heard he could re-emerge as a trade target. Milwaukee has been quiet regarding Braun this offseason, though with the past negotiations, it’s possible a deal could come together quickly from previous framework. I explained how the financial commitment to Braun isn’t as bad as it seems on the surface.
Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make. If Dozier talks remain stagnant, the Dodgers will hope that’s the case. There are plenty of avenues for Los Angeles to explore, and the time for that has arrived.