Pitching Depth Gives Dodgers Bargaining Power for Trades

The Los Angeles Dodgers won another National League West crown this past season, but were eliminated in the playoffs.

Since then, the Dodgers have been busy during the winter break. Most of the work the Dodgers front office has done has been with retaining their own free agents.

Los Angeles has already re-signed Rich Hill, a southpaw starter, Justin Turner a third baseman and Kenley Jansen the team’s star closer to new contracts. Each of the deals has occurred after the three were already free agents.

To date, Los Angeles has not made any significant addition to the team through free agent signings or trades. That could change soon.

The Dodgers are rumored to be talking to the Minnesota Twins about Brian Dozier the Twins star second baseman. The depth the Dodgers have in starting pitchers could be used to acquire a key player such as Dozier.

Los Angeles is not close as of yet to acquiring Dozier or any other player to play second, but their willingness to let Jose de Leon a top pitching prospect go to land Dozier reflects the depth the team has in both the minors and the majors.

The Dodgers have another 10 starting options at their disposal besides De Leon. Of course, the number includes unproven young talent and risks of injury, but the depth is certainly there.

That is two full rotations at starting pitching the Dodgers have and using some of them to trade is a big likelihood as they try to land Dozier or another player of similar talent.

The name of Dozier seems to appear first in trade talk for second base and with good reason. He is an impact player and coming of one of the best years of his career.

However, if a deal is not made for Dozier, in all likelihood the Dodgers would go after the talent of Logan Forsythe at Tampa Bay.

It is uncertain if either a trade for Dozier or Forsythe will ever take place, but it is certain that the bargaining chips the Dodgers hold in the form of starting pitchers will help them land a top quality player at second base, which is their biggest need at this point.

With their depth chart showing only Micah Johnson and Enrique Hernandez as true second basemen, the Dodgers will work hard to land a second baseman before spring training begins in early February.

 


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