The Dodgers will be active at the trade deadline this week. While they’ve been a mystery over the last few years in the market, the entire league expects Los Angeles to be a major player this time around. Given their need for starting pitching, they can’t afford not to be.
As expected, the Dodgers have been linked to several starting arms on the market in the final week. And those rumors will continue to grow as we move closer to the July 30th deadline this week.
But the Dodgers are reportedly not interested in moving their main trade chip in a deal for a rental piece. ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez explains that Los Angeles would move Keibert Ruiz, but not in a deal that would get them a player for a few months.
The Dodgers have been getting plenty of interest in minor league catcher Keibert Ruiz, as is usually the case given that he has no path to the major league roster. But they don’t want to give him up for a rental piece.
The Dodgers love what Kiebert brings and he’s obviously ready for big league action. Any team that lands him would be able to plug Ruiz into their lineup immediately if they wanted or needed to. But unfortunately for him, he’s boxed in playing with Los Angeles.
The Dodgers don’t appear to have a plan to move Will Smith out from behind the plate. And bringing up Ruiz as a backup over Austin Barnes would only cut down on Ruiz’s playing time. Add in Diego Cartaya to the conversation, and there really is no spot for him in LA.
That makes him expendable, but he’s also highly valued. The Dodgers can afford to play the market slowly with Ruiz, and you can be sure they won’t give him up unless a deal really appeals to them.