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The Dodgers Should Make a Serious Run at Nolan Arenado

The Dodgers could find a trade partner in the NL West.



The Dodgers do not typically trade inside of their division — only on rare occasions. However, with the Colorado Rockies having their hands tied by terrible contracts, the Dodgers can provide them some relief if they happen to strike out in the free agent market. They can do this by acquiring third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Nolan Arenado to Los Angeles seems like a pretty crazy thought and that is because it actually is. Could it theoretically happen? Yes. Is it even remotely likely? No.

Arenado grew up in the greater Los Angeles area and could eventually come home and play for the Dodgers — it just might not be that time yet.

According to Tim Kelly of Radio.com, the Dodgers would be well-suited to try and acquire the perennial All-Star third baseman.

For as much success as they had at the major league level in the 2010s, the Dodgers have continued to develop talent extremely well. Catcher Keibert Ruiz, RHP Josiah Gray and shortstop Jeter Downs, all of whom are top 100 prospects, could make an interesting trade package.

Along with the Dodgers, Kelly mentions the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and Texas Rangers as solid fits.

Arenado is a superstar and while there are arguments that exist that he would not be as good away from Coors, he would still be a perennial Gold Glove third baseman and an All-Star caliber player if he played his home games in Southern California.

As the article mentions, a trade scenario of this ilk is very unlikely to come to fruition, but damn would Arenado looked good in Dodger blue.

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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Actually Daniel your idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds! In the long run, Arenado could be cheaper than Rendon because the Dodgers could get the Rockies to eat some of Arenado’s contract. You’re right though, it isn’t going to happen. At least you’re thinking outside the box. Hopefully, the Dodgers FO is too!

  2. It would make sense but his contract is exactly what Friedman avoids. He’ll be in his mid 30’s getting $35 mil a year. I think any trade the Dodgers would do for a big name infielder would have to include Lux or they wait until next year when Turner is gone.

  3. Let’s stop worrying about hitting we score enough runs and have quality in the pipe line.Get a top rate starter and reliever and we will be fine.

    • Dan, I would like to concur with you but that hitting was mostly done against less than stellar pitching and we all saw what happened in the NLDS when this ‘hitting’ struck out 64 times in only 5 games. But that NLDS also showed we were lacking in enough starting and relief pitching to be competitive too.

  4. Asinine. Teams ask for our whole farm (or atleast that’s what Friedman puts out there to lower the pitchforks) but the Rockies being a division rival would definitely want the world from us. We’re talking Ruiz, Gonsolin, May, Gray, Lux. Friedman would never do that nor should he

  5. I love this proposal. Dodgers can send Walker Buehler, Gavin Lux, and Clayton Kershaw for Arenado. That will be a deal the Rockies can’t turn down, at the same time help the Dodgers get rid of Kershaw’s contract. With Arenado, Bellinger and Muncy, you’ve got all the power you need in the lineup.

  6. Bad move. You can subtract maybe 25% of his stats for playing in Colorado where the ball flies out. Have to be careful with any player in that launch pad. He’s a 30 home run guy and probably less than 300 hitter due to the field he plays on. Machado was the same kind of player. In a launching pad at Baltimore Machado built up stats but when he came to LA was only a 25 Home run pace and his average fell there at .273. It bears out as in SD he barely got to 30 home runs and his average suffered due to long outs at 256. You have to be careful with launching pad players Like these 2 and also Donaldson of the Braves who would be a horrible addition as well. The only player that would work is Joc for Arenado. Joc would hit 40+ home runs there and Arenado barely 50 in LA.

  7. Arenado to Dodgers? No offense to the author, but this is the stuff of fantasies. I wish the Dodgers had gotten Buster Posey when he first came up. I’ve often imagined Mike Trout in Dodger blue. If your going dream, may as well dream big. Arenado would be a serious solution to the Dodger need for right-handed power and outstanding defense at third base. But he is Colorado’s franchise player. Like Trout. People come out just to see them play, even when their teams are weak. Colorado has issues, but they are still the team that took the Dodgers to game 163 a year ago for the division title. They can still challenge. And the Padres will be much improved, and possibly a wild card next year.

  8. Check his stats at Chavez ravine. They don’t speak a 25% drop off in production. Obviously you don’t watch a lot of games, homer.

  9. In the last five years how many $300 million man made it to the playoffs? Money does not guarantee the World Series. Ask the Yankees! The Dodgers game encore address the weak spot in the rotation for the bullpen and keep our young core. Lindor and Betts will be free agents next year and we still have RedTurn2 at 3rd for another year.

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