The Dodgers are armed and dangerous on the trade market, per Ken Rosenthal’s latest.
Rosenthal retaliates previous reports of the Dodgers’ willingness to trade Jose De Leon. He points out the team wouldn’t exactly suffer in losing De Leon with its pitching depth.
“De Leon, who averaged 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings at Triple-A last season, is precisely the type of pitching prospect the Twins should want for Dozier. And while the Dodgers also like De Leon, they would not necessarily miss him in 2017 and beyond.
The Dodgers have 10 — count ‘em, 10 — other starting options on their major-league roster, some who are quite good (Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda), some who are oft-injured (Hill, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu), some who are less established (Julio Urias, Brock Stewart, Ross Stripling).”
Los Angeles is attempting to trade Kazmir and/or McCarthy prior to spring training, Rosenthal said. The Dodgers are keeping tabs on Logan Forsythe and Ian Kinsler, which prevents Minnesota from cornering L.A. Even with that in mind, few contenders need second basemen, as Rosenthal notes, and the Twins could be best off taking a De Leon package now than waiting until the deadline.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 20, 2016
The Dodgers have a reputation for being conservative moving prospects, but that label is proving false. In the midseason deal for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, L.A. gave three players who now rank as Oakland’s No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 prospects in Baseball America’s system rankings. The Dodgers have spent a lot of time assembling a collection of youth. They’re starting to use it for immediate help.
Dozier and the second base situation may not be the end of dealing either. The outfield is crowded, the bullpen needs another upgrade and even with Dozier, the lineup is imbalanced. L.A. will be a very interesting team moving forward, and with the assets in-hand, has the potential to make a splash from today until the 2017 trade deadline.