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.

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.

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6 comments
Rap59
Rap59

I could see a trade for Josh Harrison but doubt the Dodgers would put together a package robust enough to get Pitt to trade McCutcheon. They still think his value is at its peak.

Jagman63
Jagman63

@Rap59 His peak??? He has been on a downward trend the last 3 seasons. Where do you find your stats???? In a fortune cookie??

Rap59
Rap59

@Rap59 That's the point. Pitt will still value him as an MVP candidate and there is no way the Do

dgers will part with enough of a package to get him - assuming they want him. 

Jagman63
Jagman63

Please not McCutcheon. He has been on a down slide the last 3 years. NOOOOOO!!!!!

Michael Norris
Michael Norris

I do not see them going after Braun or McCutcheon. They have a glut of outfielders as it is. Friedman stated at the Jansen- Turner presser that the Dodgers were going to give Puig every opportunity to prove he is worthy of playing every day. That shuts down Braun, Pederson is not going anywhere and that shuts down McCutcheon. Friedman expects SVS back at full strength and Thompson to be ready sometime this spring. That's 2 more RH bats for the OF. McC and Braun are not needed.

Danielsocal
Danielsocal

  Haven't we been over all this before?! Yes they "could" be trade targets but so "could" miguel cabrera ,manny ramirez or pedro guerrero !

 Mr Burns if you are reading this lets get this straight. The Dodgers blueprint is not to trade good young players for declining older players. What is so hard about that to understand? Their interest in Dozier is underscored by the fact that he is young, inexpensive with a high cieling. Plus if they lose him in a couple years they get a draft pick and move up another young,team controlled player.

   So no these ideas you have will mot happen. If they do I owe you dinner.

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