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.
andThe #Dodgers letting teams know that outfielders A.J. Pollock and Joc Pederson, and infielder/outfielder Enrique Hernandez are available at the right price. They have not engaged with Gerrit Cole, but are in on Anthony Rendon.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 9, 2019
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.