Francisco Lindor. Mike Clevinger. Mookie Betts. David Price. Lots of names have been thrown out and lots of people have tried to make their best Dodgers trade proposals. Some are spot on and some are way off.
The #Dodgers are the team to watch. They are being very aggressive in pursuit of Francisco Lindor and Mike Clevinger of Cleveland and remain in contact with the #Redsox on Mookie Betts. SS Corey Seager is their top trade chip veteran players.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 22, 2019
We are going to try to fall somewhere in that prior group with three trades we believe the Dodgers should make that benefit all parties involved.
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Indians Trade: Francisco Lindor, Mike Clevinger
Dodgers Trade: Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Dustin May, Jeter Downs, DJ Peters
According to Baseball Trade Values, the Dodgers would be surrendering $161.7 million in trade value, while the Indians would surrender $145.9 million in value. While the Dodgers would be losing some in terms of value, trades where you receive the two best players in the deal make it worthwhile. Also, this deal would allow the Dodgers to basically absorb the $16.7 million on Lindor’s estimated arbitration figure by sending Joc Pederson ($8.5 million) to a team that needs outfield help and Corey Seager ($7.1 million) to a team losing their franchise shortstop.
This deal works all the way around with the Indians getting two major league players — one capable of stardom — and three very high-upside prospects. The Dodgers would be receiving not just one of the best shortstops in the game, but one of the best players in the game. In addition, they would be receiving probably the most underrated pitcher in the game, a top-ten starter when healthy in Mike Clevinger.
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For the sake of this deal, it would be contingent on the Red Sox allowing the Dodgers a negotiation window to extend Mookie Betts.
Red Sox Trade: Mookie Betts
Dodgers Trade: Alex Verdugo, Ross Stripling, Edwin Rios, Mitchell White
As currently constructed, Mookie Betts is valued at $50 million in 2020. The reason the value of Mookie Betts is so low is because he is under contract for just one year. Remember the haul the Dodgers gave up for a half-season of Manny Machado? No? That’s because it wasn’t a haul at all.
Alex Verdugo’s years of control plays a big role in this deal. As-is, Betts ($50.0 million) and Verdugo ($50.1 million) are practically even assets. The Dodgers could toss in a few extra prospects in Edwin Rios and Mitchell White along with a controllable starting pitcher like Ross Stripling. All in all, the Dodgers would receive $50 million in value and the Red Sox would receive $76.8 million. If the Red Sox grant the Dodgers a negotiation window for an extension, it makes it all worth while.
In the process, the Red Sox would also be freed up of around $26.7 million, their supposed goal of the off-season.
If the Dodgers do make trades with the Indians or Red Sox, the framework will most likely look something like this. Honestly, the Dodgers could pull both trades off. However, it is unlikely that even one of these gets completed. We can always dream, though, right?