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3 Dodgers Prospects Most Likely to Be Traded This Offseason

Part of what’s made the Dodgers so successful in the past decade and change is their great player development system in the minor leagues. The amount of prospects that have transitioned to the major league level and have been successful is staggering. But such might provide a problem, albeit a good one.

LA’s major league club also boasts quite the roster and some young players in their system may not have a chance to develop. As Andrew Friedman searches for more immediate help this offseason in the form of established veterans, it could mean some younger names at the minor league level might be on the move.

3 Players That Could Be Traded This Winter

Diego Cartaya ranks high among these names as the catcher’s offensive prowess has long been discussed since he came over in the international pool. Despite some gaudy numbers, Cartaya is currently blocked by both Dalton Rushing in the minors and Will Smith at the major league level.

As a result, Cartaya’s true talents may become unlocked on another team by this summer much like we’ve seen with Keibert Ruiz in recent years.

Another name that could be on the trading block is infielder Miguel Vargas.

The young infielder projected to be LA’s starting second baseman in 2023 but a rough time both on the field and at the plate meant a spot off the Dodgers by the All-Star break.

Vargas failed to make the NLDS roster fueling more speculation that the team may look to ship him elsewhere if they become impatient with his major league progress.

Finally, LA’s pitching down on the farm is home to a number of big names — some of which we saw at the big league level in 2023 — but RHP Gavin Stone could be the top name on the trading block this offseason.

While he struggled with consistency, the righty showed some flashes of future dominance at the major league level this past regular season after being pressed into action as the roster dealt with a number of injuries on the pitching staff.

With healthier pitching on the roster next year, Stone could be the odd man out among the many talented prospects in the Dodgers system in 2024. Especially if the team hopes to land a bona fide ace like Corbin Burnes or Dylan Cease in a trade.

Though those three may be the most prominent names on the chopping block for LA, several more could be coming as the team looks for their first full season title since 1988.

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  1. I’m actually okay with Cartaya and Vargas, as the Dodgers have Smith and Rushing (although I’d like to see what Feduccia can do as Smith’s backup as I’m sure he can hit better than .126 Barnes), and Betts is likely the 2B for the next 8 years. Stone should start the year at AAA, and continue working on control. At some point in the season, there will be an injury. At least the Dodgers would have someone they can call up that’s been there done that. Could Cartaya and Vargas fetch a top LHP prospect?

      1. Lloyd: your opinion is justifiably yours but I need ask; how long have you been evaluating minor league talent that you’re better equipped to do so than the professionals

        You clearly have no idea of what “awful” looks like

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