It’s been a rough offseason for MLB writers. While many anticipated a slow market due to the pandemic season AND the virtual Winter Meetings, no one could have predicted just how slow it would be. Dodgers fans are certainly aware of just how slow it has been.
Rumors have flown around at the rate of a normal season, but with far less movement early on than in years past. The longer we wait, the crazier the rumors and trade scenarios get. That appears to be the case with the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who recently offered up these two scenarios for Los Angeles. Be warned, they’re pretty wild.
Scenario 1: Sign J.T. Realmuto and Move Will Smith to Third
The market for Realmuto might have shifted since the Mets signed James McCann. Alternatively, it’s also possible that his huge contract will strengthen the market for Realmuto. But if there is not much competition for his services, Rosenthal thinks the Dodgers will get weird with it.
Signing Realmuto would bring a level of offense behind the plate that the Dodgers have not had in a long time. Ken also believes that it would help ease the pain of losing Justin Turner by shifting Will Smith over to third base. Smith played just 58 games at third base in the minor leagues, but sure why not.
For me, there are far too many obstacles to overcome with this move. Not only would it likely put the Dodgers over budget, but it would also take away some flexibility. Locking Smith in at third and Realmuto behind the plate limits what the team wants to accomplish defensively.
Scenario 2: Replace Corey Seager With Trevor Story
The Nolan Arenado to Los Angeles rumors have been floated all offseason with no real sign of it being remotely possible. This scenario by Ken Rosenthal would net the Dodgers both Arenado and Trevor Story.
From a financial standpoint, it sort of would make sense. The Rockies need to get rid of some contracts to save money, and these two guys will eat up over $51 million in 2021. Unfortunately, Rosenthal’s logic for acquiring Story doesn’t make much sense. Like Seager, Story is a free agent after the 2021 season, so swapping them doesn’t help LA.
Arenado is also owed close to $200 million for the next six seasons, and the Dodgers have some talent they need to pay. While trading for Arenado isn’t entirely impossible, adding Story into the mix just to trade Seager just seems like a strange fantasy for Rockies fans.
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