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Dodgers Most Realistic Splash Remains Bryant and Donaldson, Says Rosenthal

Rosenthal feels it’s down to one third baseman or the other, if a move happens at all

Have you ever been so ready for the Los Angeles Dodgers to make a key move? For one, I haven’t. The winter leading into the 2020 season feels one of missed opportunity, and failure to put the exclamation point on a team that should be very competitive once again when the new season begins.

So where do the Dodgers go from here?

In a recent article at The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal says that the Dodgers’ most realistic remaining options are Kris Bryant and Josh Donaldson.

First, Rosenthal gives us the lay of the land as things sit approaching mid-January.

Betts and Lindor appear longshots. Arenado almost certainly will not be traded within the division. That leaves a trade for Bryant or the signing of free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson as perhaps the Dodgers’ most realistic possibilities.

After stating that a trade for Mookie Betts just isn’t likely, Rosenthal offers the following.

A Lindor trade would be somewhat problematic — he would be an upgrade over Corey Seager, but perhaps not enough of one to justify the acquisition cost. The Dodgers always could trade Seager to a team such as the Reds, who have shown interest in him all offseason. They also could keep Seager, but moving him to third base would create a potentially uncomfortable situation; both Lindor and Seager are potential 2021-22 free agents.

Since the Indians are already declaring Lindor their Opening Day shortstop, let’s go ahead and cross him off the list. What that leaves is Bryant and Donaldson. Here’s what Rosenthal points out of the two for comparison’s sake.

Bryant, with his ability to play third, first and both corner-outfield positions, seems ideal for the Dodgers, who relish such versatility. His right-handed bat also would fit the team’s predominantly left-handed lineup. The Cubs’ ask, though, would not be inconsequential. Nor would the finances, with Bryant projecting to make at least $40 million over the next two years.

Donaldson, 34, is seven years older than Bryant and would cost more money over a longer period, but the only loss of talent would be a draft pick. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman almost certainly would not want to offer four years, but if all other options fail, what alternative will he have? Donaldson would give the Dodgers a competitive edge they sometimes appear to lack, not to mention excellent all-around performance.

All of this is fun to read about and speculate, but at some point you have to come to the realization that the Dodgers might not be adding a piece for a while. Already, part owner Stan Kasten has alluded to the fact that the Dodgers are comfortable with the pieces they have.

If they do decide to get wild, would you rather have Donaldson or Bryant? Answer as if your primary goal is winning a title with the current team in 2020, and let us know in the comments why you make your preference one versus the other.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. I’d rather get Bryant. He’s younger and more versatile but I don’t think the FO is going to do it or sign Donaldson. AF doesn’t want to trade the players to get Bryant and doesn’t want to pony up the money/years to get JD.

    I think they feel that they have the division whipped and will wait until the trade deadline to make a move for rental(s) to get them to the playoffs.

    • Donaldson is too old plus its not the Dodgers MO to sign an older player. Bryant is worth a shot he’s RH and knows how to win. It’ll keep Bellinger in the outfield for sure. Turner would become a 1st baseman

  2. Neither. They’re biggest need in October will be a second ace to pair with Buehler. It’s not October Kershaw. That ship has sailed! Morton, Clevinger or one of theMets big 2. Even so at the deadline things will be much clearer about all the Dodger youngsters and they will still be in a unique position with money and prospects and with less competition to sign a big star. AF knows what he’s doing

  3. OK Dodger fans, you guys know what we are dealing with. Stan Kasten is a money guy and isn’t or hasn’t spent the dollars to get us what we need. Friedman is in love with his prospects and isn’t going to trade any of the top ones for anyone, period. Look at where we are right now. If either of these clowns think this team can compete with the Yankees for a WS title, you are dreaming. With Cole now with the Yanks, we don’t match up either with our starting rotation, bull pen, power, hitting, speed and possibly defense. We have little or no room for anyone being out because of injury for very long. These two idiots have built a team to win in a weak division and think back just two years ago, we had to go to one final game against Colorado to qualify for the playoffs. They are using our money to compete in the division and not a WS. They have the money and the prospect but it’s not going to happen. So, get used to it again this year. No WS title for LA.

    • Pretty much on the same page here with you, Denny. This 2020 team as is, as ya state would be ZERO, and I mean ZERO pf a match against the Yankees or any other AL team for that matter come October. since kasten and his side kick believe the team is OK as is, please, please i cannot take another October seeing this team being bounced from the playoffs on their home field for a 4th year in a row.
      And I agree with this here:
      “Donaldson would give the Dodgers a competitive edge they sometimes appear to lack, not to mention excellent all-around performance.”

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