One constant goal this offseason has been to either maintain or somehow acquire more flexibility for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While the biggest name (Todd Frazier) technically wound up in Chicago, the larger thing to keep in mind is what this might mean for the Dodgers moving forward.
Case in point, via Jeff Passan:
The Marlins have sought volume in their Jose Fernandez trade talks. Few teams in baseball have as much prospect volume now as the Dodgers.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 16, 2015
Ken Rosenthal echoed the sentiment:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2015
This doesn’t mean a deal is definitely coming. There’s simply no way of knowing that as of right now. Reports did come out during and after the Winter Meetings that the Marlins wanted an astronomical haul for Jose Fernandez, but that the Dodgers weren’t willing to meet those demands — especially regarding Corey Seager.
Now, with pitching prospects like Frankie Montas, Julio Urias and Jose de Leon, the Dodgers can meet bring more to the negotiation table without even mentioning Seager, whom they consider a star in the making.
Again, while the more straightforward way to improve the roster and ease fans’ minds might be through free agency, the more lasting impact tends to involve high-end prospects, something of which the Dodgers continue to stockpile.