Imagine a Dodgers lineup that features Juan Soto, Mookie Betts, and Cody Bellinger patrolling the outfield. Wherever you want to put those guys, it would easily be the best outfield in all of baseball. it would also make Los Angeles one of the most lethal offenses of all time.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported this week that the Nationals might be motivated to trade Soto this Summer. They tried to sign him to a long-term extension and failed, likely due to the rebuilding nature of their franchise. Soto wouldn’t have that issue with the Dodgers.
Soto’s free agency begins after the 2024 season, so the Nats could wait another year to move him. But if they wanted to trade him at some point this year, it’s almost certain that Andrew Friedman would at least check in. So who would Los Angeles need to give up in deal?
Soto might be the best hitter in all of baseball. He has a career OPS of .969 and that’s with a slow start to the 2022 season. He posted a .999 OPS with 29 homeruns across 151 games for the Nationals last year. The Dodgers adding in a guy that can do that along with reaching base at a .465 clip would be electric.
It would be a ridiculous longshot, but the Dodgers have proven in the past that they’re always in on big names. And if they have the chance to add an elite bat like Juan Soto, they’re going to at least have the conversation.