And we’re back to the rumor mill!
After a relatively quiet Thanksgiving weekend (minus the adventures of one Yasiel Puig), the Dodgers appear right back at work Sunday evening, with specifics about a potential Shelby Miller coming forward.
This, via Robert Murray of Baseball Essential.
— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayBBE) November 30, 2015
Here’s where I’m hung up: The trade makes no sense given the Dodgers’ priorities this offseason.
Pederson is easily the cheapest and youngest of the Dodgers’ outfielders and, as the team wants to get cheaper and younger, moving him doesn’t really fit those intentions. When a potential Miller deal came up earlier this offseason, moving Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford or even Yasiel Puig made a little more sense as the team would be shedding millions.
Sure, they’d have to eat much of any contract they move, but it would fit what the Dodgers are trying to do.
Now, it bears mentioning that trades only work if the other sides wants what the team they negotiate with offers. Miller is still young and very easily could bounce back next season. If the Braves are using that as leverage, of course the negotiations would have to start with a player the Dodgers don’t want to give up.
If we’re to read even deeper into this (any why not, there really isn’t much else going on), moving Pederson might be the first of a couple moves to shore up the outfield and rotation.
Jason Heyward went to St. Louis in exchange for Shelby Miller, and Pederson being sent to Atlant opens up a spot for Heyward to step in and play center field. Though it’s important to point out he’s much better in right.
Regardless, the rumor needs a little more meat to it before we take it very seriously. I’d imagine it’ll be a talking point for much of tomorrow and early this coming week.