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Dodgers are in Every Trade Rumor; What it Means for 2019


BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 23: Alex Wood #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as Eduardo Nunez #36 of the Boston Red Sox rounds the bases after his three-run home run during the seventh inning in Game One of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 23, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

It’s the Winter Meetings and for the first time in what feels like a long time the Dodgers have been extremely active on more than just one or two big name free agents, though they still are reportedly in on Bryce Harper.

The Dodgers have been linked to All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto and to Cleveland aces Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber, but beyond these players the team has seemingly been interested in dealing from areas of 25-man roster depth, something that has not been common within their recent moves, barring the Brandon McCarthy and others for Matt Kemp trade with the Atlanta Braves last offseason.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN and Mark Feinsand of some of the Dodgers most reliable starting pitchers and outfielders are out on the trade block, and seem at least remotely likely to be dealt to either the Cincinnati Reds or the Cleveland Indians, though mystery teams emerge more often than not in these sorts of scenarios. The most commonly shopped players have been outfielders Yasiel Puig, Alex Verdugo and Joc Pederson, along with starting pitcher Alex Wood.

I want to simply run through each one of these players very briefly, and discuss whether or not I think it is a good idea to trade any one of these pieces at this time, and what trading them would mean about the front office’s view of the team as it is currently constructed.

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