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Dodgers Reportedly Informing Teams of Players Available in Trade

The Winter Meetings could be busy for the Dodgers.



The Winter Meetings have begun and the Dodgers are letting teams know that outfielders A.J. Pollock and Joc Pederson, and utility man Kiké Hernandez are available to trade for, according to Bob Nightengale.

He also confirmed they are in on third baseman Anthony Rendon but said they have not yet engaged with starting pitcher Gerrit Cole.

It appears the Dodgers are trying to open up the roster space—and add some #PayrollFlexibility— for their pursuit of a top of the roster type player.

Pederson has already been linked to the Chicago White Sox again this off-season after being a White Sox target for most of last off-season. There has yet to be any reports of teams interested in Pollock or Hernandez, but both are solid players and would attract some interest around the league.

Hernandez, who is projected to make $5.5 million, and Pederson, who is expected to make $8.5 million, are entering their final years of team control. Pollock is under contract through 2021 with an opt-out for 2022 and a player option for 2023. His average annual value is $12 million, making him a pretty affordable outfielder for any team.

A trade involving one of them will likely be linked to any bigger move the Dodgers make.

NEXT: How a Trade for Mookie Betts Would Work for Both Sides

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Dodgers could help themselves tremendously by trading Pederson for a good return and hopefully pay someone with cash or a mid-level prospect to take Pollock which was obviously a bad free agent pick up. The Dodger have Bellinger and Verdugo in the outfield and both have good splits against left handed pitching. If they trade Hernandez and keep Taylor or vice versa they have a right handed outfielder. Remember they have Garland, Rios and DJ Peters who is right handed with potentially big power in the minors. People get so obsessed with wanting a new guy when the Dodgers have this incredible Farm System.
    Many are incredibly unrealistic on what the Dodgers should do it is laughable especially sportswriters..

    • Tmaxster, you are correct to a degree here, but just the same let’s not trade off more RHB without replacing them with an impact RHB. DJ Peters and Kyle Garlick are THB but we cannot expect them or those other players ya mentioned to carry the team to a WS ring. The big need is certainly starting and relief pitching because again we cannot expect guys we have other than Buehler to actually get us to and win a WS. DJ Peters and others may have done very well in the minors but we all know the MLB is a different story, but WSS

  2. We here about the Dodgers farm system every year. Yes, they produce some good players, but so far NOT ONE player has showed up in October like let’s say Soto did for the nats, or Springer or Altuve, or many more teams Farms do. Seager was supposed to, Bellinger has been a outstanding regular season guy, but nothing in Oct to speak about. Buehler has been excellent, but even Kershaw has been avg in Oct. Hopefully someday soon, we can celebrate one of these top farm players holding up a Trophy because he hit 400 and 6 homers and 20 R.B.I’s in the World series, or was 3-0 with a E.R.A. of 1….. We nEED a RENDON who was that guy, and Cole who is that guy, and Strasburg who was that guy. The Dodgers don’t have ANY of those guys and this explains why we don’t have a title.

    • Kirk, as of my posting on here, Strasburg has just signed a 7 year $245 million deal to return to the Nationals, with $ 80 million of that in deferred payments. So Strasburg is off the table and there was not in any way that Dodgers would have matched that and Cole will top that deal no doubt so Russo on High Heat this morning was correct when he said Dodgers will not get either pitcher.

  3. A few things, he’s not overpaid for his production. He also wasn’t injured, it was an infection from a prior surgery, which is cleaned up now. Also, even though he did terrible vs the Nats in the NLDS, he was very good late in the year. For most teams he would be a top half of the order guy, but for us he’ll be a 6,7,8 guy in the line up in 2020. For the price and production that low in the line up, I’ll take it and he’ll also do better in the playoffs next year.

    • Pollock was a horrible signing when you look back at the buzz that offseason and realize we were about to take LeMahieu instead, but because “aNaLyTiCz” and obsession with injury prone players who beat up the dodgers, we chose the flopper pollock. Another magical FA acquisition to add to machado and darvish.

  4. KIKI IS PROVEN PLAYER LUX IS NOT. GET SOMETHING GOOD 4 LUX NOW. STRAUSBRER WILL BE HURT MOST OF HIS NEW CONTRACT AJ WAS ALWAYS HURT IN ARIZONA LEARN FROM THAT MISTAKE. RENDON IS BEST BET HE WILL HELP PROLONG JT FUTURE AN LA LOVES HIM. IF YOU KEEP SEAGER HE NEEDS TO QUIT SWINGING AT FIRST PITCH CAUSE EVERY PITCHER KNOWS!! AND WHEN YOU GUYS GET THE PLAYOFFS FORGET THE HOME RUNS AND PLAY BASIC BALL ??

    • You lack of punctuation and the need for all caps would be best suited if your moniker were changed to Single A. Please, take a writing class so we all don’t have to suffer.

  5. pollock had a terrible year i would try go unload him even if they have to eat a portion of his salary

  6. You lack of punctuation and the need for all caps would be best suited if your moniker were changed to Single A. Please, take a writing class so we all don’t have to suffer.

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