On Friday evening the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 2-1 in San Francisco. Still, the two teams remain 16 games apart in the standings; with one in last and one in first. Clearly, these are franchises heading in opposite directions.
Therefore with the Dodgers continuing their run at the top in pursuit of the elusive championship and the Giants starting a rebuild, does the possibility exist for the two to work together?
— KNBR (@KNBR) June 7, 2019
In fact, Zaidi won’t rule out the possibility of doing trade business with his former team. Especially if it could weaken the Dodgers in future years.
“If we do end up in a position where we’re selling and looking to get some future talent, you actually want to be trading in the division because you want to weaken your rivals in future years, and you want them to push more chips in to the present. In a way, it actually benefits you more.”
Furthermore, days ago we brought up the possibility of a reunion with left-hander Tony Watson. The Giants have several pieces specifically in the way of veteran bullpen help that could be a target for the Dodgers.
Zaidi says there is no emotional disadvantage of doing business with the Dodgers’ front office. Actually, the former general manager sees the relationships he left behind as a possible strength in doing a trade with the Dodgers.
“I understand there’s all kinds of emotional baggage going with that,” said Zaidi, who surely knows the Dodgers’ farm system well. “Maybe the Dodgers are a special case, and I think most fans would say it’s not maybe, they just are a special case. But in general, I actually think trading in the division has a strategic advantage.”
Finally, I wouldn’t be shocked if Zaidi and Andrew Friedman make some music on a small trade. It’s important to realize that Zaidi probably has advanced intel on a number of young Dodger prospects when he left the building with his laptop.
Would you be okay with giving up a possible future gem for a solid relief arm now? It sounds like win-win business to me.