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Dodgers: Should Los Angeles Consider Trading Joc Pederson?

Weighing the pros and cons of a Joc Pederson trade.



It feels like this is my fifth time writing this article, or something close to it at this point. But the Dodgers have a decision to make on Joc Pederson this year, and it’s a tough one. 

Talk about bad timing. I don’t think it could get any worse than having someone in a contract year during a pandemic-shortened season. That’s exactly where the Dodgers find themselves with Joc though, and they have to decide their future with him by August 31st.

In all likelihood, this will be the last season Joc spends with the Dodgers. Even if they don’t try to resign Mookie Betts in the offseason, there isn’t much room on their roster for guys that can only hit right-handed pitching, no matter how much power comes with it. With that in mind, let’s go through the pros and cons of offloading Joc Pederson. 

Cons of Trading Joc

The obvious loss in trading away Joc is that the Dodgers would miss his power potential. Joc has combined for 61 homeruns over the last two years and likely would finish with 15 or so during a 60-game season. The designated hitter is coming to the NL this year, and Pederson could benefit from that. 

Aside from the pop, the Dodgers don’t lose much by trading Joc away. At his best, Pederson gets on base by walking a lot and hits a lot of bombs. At his worst, he strikes out a whole lot and hits bombs. The list of cons for trading him away is admittedly short. 

There is a certain clutch side of Joc Pederson that is often overlooked though. He seems to come up in big situations and own those moments. I’m thinking of moments like the 2016 NLDS when he took Max Scherzer deep in game 5 or even the entire 2017 World Series. That clutch factor would certainly be missed by Dodgers fans should they decide to let him go. 

Reasons to Trade Joc

The Dodgers could greatly benefit from trading Joc away, as much as it pains me to say. This is the final year before he gets to hit free agency, and he would normally get a pretty decent offer from other teams looking for some pop. An AJ Pollock type of offer wouldn’t be a surprise in a normal year, but we’re obviously not in the middle of a normal year. 

Joc will likely make somewhere in the range of $10m to $13m annually, putting him out of the Dodgers’ price range. With plenty of outfield options available on their current roster for far less than that, trading him for a decent return seems ideal. Matt Beaty, Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, Luke Raley, and a few high-level prospects will likely make up the outfield should the team pivot away from Mookie.

What the Dodgers would get in return is completely unknown given the state of baseball at the moment. But if the Dodgers could get a decent prospect arm for Pederson prior to the trade deadline, they should absolutely jump at it. 

Overall Likelihood of a Trade

Everything about the 2020 season is so unprecedented that you can’t really begin to guess what will happen. Will teams even be willing to take a risk? Or maybe more teams will feel like they are in the playoff hunt, making more teams buyers by the deadline. The Dodgers already tried to move Joc to Anaheim, so do you feel they will try to do so again?

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. No! Great team player and is a great clutch hitter. As a born again Dodger fan (started with Fernando, but left when the Rockies started, but they have the worst owners in the MLB, so back again) he is more clutch than Todd Helton ever was. You can truly see his love for the game.

  2. Why can’t Joc learn to hit lefties and righties to the opposite field. He may not hit so many bombs, and won’t strike out as much, but he would become a really great player!

    • The problem is this. When he first came up, he was a plus fielder in center. Then he, more than likely, stopped working at it. You can live with the streakiness if an important defensive position is being manned above average. Now he’s a decent corner outfielder and a feast or famine hitter. He doesn’t seem to see the ball very well off lefties. Neither did Andre Ethier but he did other things to help you to win. Since salaries are mainly derived from offensive production, Joc will make too much to be of use to the Dodgers.

  3. What the heck, here we go again! This is MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, why “ can only hit right handed pitches “ ,… these guys better learn quickly or stay in the minors for the rest of their careers, this is a bunch of nonsense!! GET WITH IT,… you’ve known that all the time that you were in the Majors and now later in your career,… you still haven’t done anything about it!!
    OK,…. you deserve to be traded,… we can’t use you!

  4. I’m hoping and praying Joc won’t be traded. He’s my favorite Dodger. I’ve had a lot of scares but he somehow manages to stay with the team. At least he’ll have one more year dressed in blue.

  5. He would PUT up impressive numbers if given the chance to play everyday,but in dumb Roberts and Friedman’s eyes He’s a platoon player.Too bad come next year when he signs with a team and manager that believes in him not a stupid analytical idiot like these 2 bozos.Mark my words he will hit a decent 265 +,50 or more hrs,100+ ribs decent glove.He’s our best post season hitter too.

  6. I say keep Joc for the moment. he already knows he’s trade bait. If he wants to stay a Dodger he has to improve all the way around. Be a better player at the plate, running bases, defensively, and attitude. He started off cocky when the Dodgers brought him up. I thought he was going to straighten up and get his head in the game but he didn’t, he took a boy’s attitude like he had been chewed out and put in the corner. When he cooled off somewhat he finally started to act like a player. He sort of got into a grove and played like a Dodger. He’s got the bat, the arm, the speed, and the defense. Get it together Joc and you’ll go a long way as a Dodger.

  7. The Dodgers were cheated out of two world series championships if it’s not broken why change it now !!

  8. Absolutely not! He’s a great platoon in LF with Pollock and he’s better defensively of the two. Pederson’s power against right handed pitching makes him an ideal #3 hitter in the lineup.

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