With lots of rumors swirling around the upcoming trade deadline, baseball’s richest team — and arguably most active — is naturally at the center of it all.
With that said, two players in particular have seen their name surface in a bevy of rumors this week.
Before we identify who they are, however, which of the following two mystery players would you take?
Player A (free agent at end of season): Hitting .279 with 11 HR and 30 RBI this season. Has played in 186 games the past two seasons, hitting .258 with 22 home runs in the two seasons combined. Had a career year in 2008 when he hit .292 with 33 home runs and 104 RBI.
Player B (owed $16 million next season in last year of contract): Hitting .277 with 5 HR and 25 RBI this season. Has missed just 26 games in the past two seasons combined, and has hit over .289 in eight of the past nine seasons, while hitting over 25 home runs in nine of the past 10 seasons. His career year was in 2004 when he hit 36 home runs with a .318 average.
Both players play positions of need for the Dodgers and seemingly could be acquired for nothing more than cap relief.
So who are you taking?
Player A is Chase Utley and Player B is Aramis Ramirez.
Personally, I’m taking the consistency and durability you get with Ramirez — a guy who has proven for the past 10 seasons he’s one of the best hitting third basemen in baseball. Obviously the big paycheck isn’t ideal, but he fills a major need at third base — a need that won’t be any closer to being solved next season.