Dodgers Fans Don’t Seem Interested in a Potential Isiah Kiner-Falefa Trade

The Dodgers have been linked to Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa as a potential trade candidate ahead of the new season. Calling Kiner-Falefa a shortstop is actually a bit of a disservice to him, as he can play all around the diamond, which perfectly fits the mold of the type of players the Dodgers like.

Kiner-Falefa’s trade value at this point is pretty low, and the Yankees have some young guys they want to take the reins at shortstop. So, if there was ever a time to get Kiner-Falefa, it would be now.

However, with that being said, we ran a poll over on our Dodgers Nation Twitter account that got nearly 2,000 votes — and the vast majority of them were not interested in a trade for the Yankees utility man.

Of the 1,890 fans who votes, a whopping 77.1 percent of them said ‘no’ to a trade for IKF. Of course, the other 22.9 percent said ‘yes,’ but that’s less than a quarter of the voters.

I can understand both sides of it, however, Kiner-Falefa as an upgrade on the bench could be a good move for LA. If Trayce Thompson struggles, IKF would definitely be an upgrade as an off-the-bench player, and would provide a ton of depth all over the infield and outfield (and even catcher).

The 27-year-old has spent time at shortstop, third base, second base and catcher in his career, and is reportedly working out in the outfield this offseason. That’s the exact kind of guy that would be perfect for the Dodgers to add, especially with their lack of infield depth following the loss of Gavin Lux and Miguel Rojas’ move to starting shortstop.

On the other end of the spectrum, IKF is a below-average hitter. He’s never had an OPS+ above 100, and had an OPS of just .642 last year in 142 games. He also doesn’t have much slug in his bat.

I do think Kiner-Falefa would be an upgrade over some of the other bench options, and would provide a ton of versatility off the bench. I also think the Dodgers could get away with giving up a pretty minimal return for him. But, at this point in spring, Dodger fans don’t seem very interested in a potential move.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.

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