After the Dodgers notoriously whiffed on this year’s top free agents — Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon — the club is under possibly the most scrutiny it’s been in recent memory. The Dodgers fell short in the postseason and in the off-season yet again, and many thought this would finally be the motivation the front office needed to make a splash in free agency.
However, there is still a possibility to fill needs via the trade market and some of the second tier free agents, which is what MLB insider Jon Morosi discussed on the latest episode of the Rich Eisen Show.
Morosi noted that the Dodgers need a reliable bat that will bring consistent energy to the clubhouse, which is a role he feels Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado fits well, no matter how unlikely a trade to LA may be. Morosi also likes the Dodgers making a trade for Francisco Lindor, as the two parties have been linked more and more in recent weeks.
“If they don’t bring in someone who has that positive personality and energy to go along with great talent, the defining story for them in spring training will be why didn’t you get it done in October,” Morosi said. “And why will October 2020 be different than October 2019, or 2018 or 2017, when you weren’t good enough either to win the World Series?”
If #Dodgers trade talks on Nolan Arenado become serious, one possible solution to his opt-out after 2021 involves removing the opt-out (as a condition of Arenado waiving full no-trade) in exchange for adding another guaranteed season on the back end of the contract.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 11, 2019
While Morosi believes it is “paramount” the Dodgers add a big bat to their lineup, he believes it is just as important for them to find another starting pitcher considering they may likely be parting ways with both Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill.
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Morosi notes that acquiring both won’t be easy, and will likely mean the club will have to part ways with some highly touted prospects.
“They have to find a way, in my opinion, to add one credible starting pitcher and optimally, one difference-making bat,” Morosi said. “The cost of that in a trade may well be Gavin Lux, but … they have to find an answer for their fans. Something positive to hold onto.”
As we’ve noted several times this off-season — and already in this article — this winter has come with expectations for the Los Angeles front office. Back-to-back World Series losses followed by a first-round exit in 2019 is a step backwards that has brought anger amongst the masses of fans. While Andrew Friedman and company shouldn’t look to make a move based on peer pressure, suffice it to say that importing Blake Treinen — a player that was technically DFA’d by his former team — isn’t quite the complete off-season win anyone was looking.