The Dodgers are in the hunt for some big fish this trade deadline season as it appears they want to bring a top-tier reliever or two to the back-end of the bullpen. The organization has many strengths, with one sticking out above the rest: depth. With an outfield logjam and a top of the line farm system, the ease of making a trade is apparent.
After two years of disappointing World Series losses, it is no secret that the Dodgers need to make a move and it is entirely obvious which facet of their game needs to improve: the bullpen.
This is why Joc Pederson may prove valuable as a trade chip this July.
Joc is a great player when he is ‘on’. He possesses some big-time power and is no stranger to producing in key moments in the playoffs. However, the pieces he could bring in as a trade headliner are worth paying attention to.
A team like the Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, or any other team with so-so attendance could use a power bat like that of Joc Pederson, simply to fill the seats. He also happens to be a former All-Star and has an .848 OPS in 2018 and 2019 combined. That will strengthen any ball club, but at the end of the day, he is just a platoon player for the Dodgers, on a team that has three outfielders who deserve everyday playing time in Alex Verdugo, AJ Pollock, and Cody Bellinger. Joc’s value to say, the Cleveland Indians, is a lot higher than what the Dodgers view Pederson as. This is why the following deals could come into fruition:
Tigers Trade: LHP Matthew Boyd
Dodgers Trade: OF Joc Pederson, IF Jeter Downs (#7 prospect according to Fangraphs)
Joc and Downs for Boyd? pic.twitter.com/aF0XEooSF6
— doyers por favor? (@BeisbolBrenden) July 13, 2019
The Dodgers do not necessarily need a starting pitcher at the moment, especially because the asking price on a controllable guy like Boyd may be too high. In this proposed deal, Joc Pederson, a legit major league bat would be heading to Detroit for someone who has been nothing short of awful prior to his breakout campaign this year. A 3.00 DRA is the mark of an ace and mixed in with a controllable contract, this could get it done. Downs, acquired by the Dodgers in the Yasiel Puig trade, has excelled so far in the Dodgers organization. An added tertiary piece may get this type of deal done. Add in a guy like DJ Peters or someone of that caliber and you might be able to score a reliever like Shane Greene, as well.
Indians Trade: RHP Trevor Bauer
Dodgers Trade: OF Joc Pederson, RHP Tony Gonsolin (#6), C Keibert Ruiz (#1)
Joc, gonsolin, Ruiz for trevor bauer. Trade from depth is the thinking here. Cleveland gets a young SP, outfield help at big league level and catching prospect to replace Mejia
— Kyle Wiseman (@KWiseman33) July 13, 2019
This proposed deal is interesting…in a good way. The framework is really solid on a deal like this, but this would be giving up far too much, in my opinion. A major league ready starter like Gonsolin, an elite platoon player in Joc, and a top-tier prospect in Ruiz is steep for a guy like Trevor Bauer. Bauer is also a far cry in 2019 from what he was in 2018. Bauer posted an elite 2.48 DRA in 2018, but has not enjoyed the same success, posting a 4.82 DRA this season. A framework with potentially just Joc Pederson, Tony Gonsolin, and a wild card like Kyle Garlick or Edwin Rios could get a deal like this done considering he is under contract for next year as well.
Indians Trade: LHP Brad Hand
Dodgers Trade: OF Joc Pederson, #10-20 ranked prospect according to Fangraphs
After his performance at the home run derby, offer him straight up for Hand. Throw in a #10-20 prospect if that’s what it takes.
— Blake Naylor (@naylor_blake) July 13, 2019
I like this one. I like this one a lot, actually. Do I think the Indians will ask for more in exchange for Hand? Yes. However, this proposal is not far off-base. Joc as a headliner with a upper-tier prospect (Gonsolin) and a guy like Omar Estevez would be a solid trade for the Dodgers. The Dodgers need to win now and this trade recognizes that.
What are your trades? Let’s hear them in the comments!