It’s no secret that the Dodgers will look at all angels to improve their team ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. The most likely scenario is they’d trade outfielder Andre Ethier once Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return from their hamstring injuries.
However, one player that hasn’t been mentioned until now is top prospect Zach Lee. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and SiriusXM had another trade scenario the Dodgers could entertain:
“Yovani Gallardo, Francisco Rodriguez and Aramis Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitchers Zach Lee, Chris Withrow, Ross Stripling and outfielder Alex Castellanos.”
Bowden has done a series of articles discussing what dream trades teams could conjure up as we approach the trade deadline so take the rumor with a grain of salt.
However, this is the first mention of the Dodgers even deciding to part ways with Lee as he’s their top starting prospect at Double-A. So far this season, Lee is 5-5 with a 3.23 ERA and is thought to be a future front of the line starter after he gets some seasoning.
When looking at the prospects of a trade, the Dodgers do need a third baseman and Francisco Rodriguez would help the back end of the bullpen.
Yovani Gallardo would slot in right behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke while giving the Dodgers a formidable rotation for the rest of this season and next.
Ramirez is only signed through next season and Rodriguez is set to become a free agent next season while Gallardo signed a five-year deal in 2010.
It’d be hard for president Stan Kasten to trade another young front-line starter after the team parted with Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa last August.
Regardless, the Dodgers need to get back into contention before trading the farm system. Ramirez, Gallardo and Rodriguez would help the team, but it would be at a steep price in trading Lee.