Tis the season for the Dodgers and MLB teams to start thinking about making moves for their 2021 rosters. With the Winter Meetings set to take place late next week, the chatter around the league is starting to hear up.
Former MLB General Manager Jim Bowden recently gave his take on what will happen at the Winter Meetings for National League teams. In his mind, the Dodgers could make two HUGE moves to bolster their already powerful roster.
Trade Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, and Jacob Amaya for Nolan Arenado
Bowden has been the main advocate and driving force behind the Arenado to LA rumors. And while the likelihood of it actually happening remains low, he did essentially guarantee it would happen by Christmas. This trade would send the Dodgers’ two top prospects away in Ruiz and Gray, while also sending out their number 10 prospect. Ruiz has become less untradeable as time has gone on, but never more so than this year. The deal would also fill the needs of Colorado, given that they lack young, projectable pitching. Will it happen? My guess is still no.
Sign Liam Hendriks to a Three-Year Deal Worth $42 Million
This deal proposed by Bowden makes much more sense for what the Dodgers would like to do. Los Angeles needs arms to fill out the bullpen, and Hendriks could do that in a big way. Given how the early free-agent reliever market is shaping out, Hendriks will likely get an offer around this figure. At $14 million a year, he could prove to be a huge addition to the pen. Joe Kelly also has a team option in 2022, so his money could be coming off of the books sooner rather than later. Add in the fact that Kenley Jansen’s contract expires after the 2021 season, and you have the perfect addition in Hendriks.
Of the two potential moves, the Hendriks signing seems much more likely. The problems with an Arenado trade might be too much to overcome for the division rivals, and adding him in complicates long-term contracts with other players. If anything, expect a good reliever to be signed by the Dodgers by the time December is up.
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