Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti made an appearance on Thursday’s episode of Lunchtime with Roggin and Rodney on AM 570 LA.
Ned Colletti Talks About Potential Offseason Plans For The Dodgers https://t.co/cIrgseqskQ
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Colletti’s interview with Fred Roggin starts with the radio host giving the now-San Jose Sharks scout several possible scenarios involving trades that the Dodgers could possibly make this winter.
Roggin’s first proposal to Colletti is trading for Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts
First you’re gonna get Mookie Betts. We’re gonna sign 5 years and we’re gonna pay him, okay? We’re gonna give him $40M a year — it’s not my money, Ned!
Colletti laughs in amusement, but Roggin doesn’t stop there though.
Then you’re gonna take Joc [Pederson] and Corey Seager, you’re gonna take Dustin May, and you’re gonna take one other pitcher — a young guy, okay? You’re gonna take those four players and you’re gonna send them to Cleveland for Francisco Lindor and Corey Kluber.
So when you go to spring training, you’re going to have Kluber in your rotation; Lindor and Betts on the team.
Ned Colletti, a veteran GM of almost 10 seasons was pretty brief in his reaction. “Wow! That would be quite the off-season,… you’re stopping there?,” Colletti slyly replied to Roggin.
Rodney Peete brings the conversation back down to Earth with a well-timed “don’t you have to trade somebody to Boston to get Mookie Betts in the first place?” Ned acknowledges that Fred Roggin probably isn’t thinking about that.
But that doesn’t stop Roggin.
They’re not going to re-sign him anyway, Ned, so they’ll just move him. So we’ll give them somebody else.
Colletti then brings up Anthony Rendon and asks Roggin about him, but Roggin admitted that he would take Betts over Rendon if he could only take one. Colletti then asked Roggin if he would feel confident enough that he has enough players to acquire Betts without being guaranteed to re-sign him.
Roggin replies that he would make sure that Betts is 100% committed to signing with the Dodgers before making the trade, but Colletti tells him that although that kind of deal is common in other sports, it is rarely seen in baseball.
“If it goes that way, Boston then loses a ton of leverage if a deal can’t be made,” Colletti said. “So teams are … not too keen on giving that right. They may, and they may run it by the player … but again, it is a very slippery slope for a club to do.”
The conversation shifts back to Lindor and Betts, with Colletti saying that it takes more than money to acquire faces of franchises like them, it would require a lot of talent that the Dodgers may not be willing to part with. He also asks Roggin an essential question about his proposal: which trade would he pursue first?
After giving it some thought, Roggin tells Colletti he would trade for Lindor and Kluber first. Colletti responds by saying Cleveland would likely not take Roggin’s offer, considering Seager and Pederson will be free agents at the same time as Lindor.
“I don’t know why you have to blow the whole thing to hell Ned,” Roggin jokingly responded. “Why you blowing up my whole deal?”
Colletti replied simply with “let’s talk Lakers or something,” before all parties burst out in laughter.
You can listen to the rest of Colletti’s interview with Roggin and Rodney in the player above.