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Dodgers Rumors: Insider Proposes Blockbuster Trade to Get Shane Bieber, Amed Rosario to LA

It’s been no secret that the Dodgers have been uncharacteristically poor in the pitching department this season. They have dealt with way too many injuries to count and have seen some of their more relied upon guys from last year, hit some regression. While the bullpen has been the main issue, the starting staff has been inconsistent as well. Almost every pitcher has been injured at some point this year so LA needs to make some moves as the trade deadline approaches to help their chances at making a playoff run this year.

Zachary Rymer of Bleacher Report put together a few trades to help get the Dodgers out of their weird funk this season and one caught my eye.

Dodgers get RHP Shane Bieber and SS Amed Rosario, Guardians get 2B Michael Busch, OF Josue De Paula and SS Rayne Doncon: Whereas Boston and St. Louis need young arms, Cleveland needs young hitters. Busch, currently the Dodgers’ No. 3 prospect, would be the big prize to this end, while De Paula (No. 11) and Doncon (No. 12) have long-term upside as dangerous hitters.

Per Bleacher Report

Now, LA likely doesn’t want to make any major trades to take on salary as that would defeat their entire plan from the offseason. But the deal above could spark the interest of President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.

Landing a former Cy Young award winner in Shane Bieber would be a major get for LA but it wouldn’t cost them a ton. Bieber is only making a little over $10 million this season and has one more year of team control next year under arbitration. It would make sense for LA to grab Bieber while he is under team control for next season to get 1.5 years of service from him. And if they enjoyed their time together, maybe the Southern California native would re-sign long-term.

On the season, Bieber holds an ERA of 3.66 and has struck out 89 batters in 110.2 innings pitched. He would give the team a nice option to use in the rotation for the rest of this season and also would give them some insurance in case they lose Julio Urias to free agency. He isn’t the same pitcher as he was a few years ago but he is still more than serviceable to have in a playoff rotation.

They would also get some help at the shortstop position in this deal by acquiring Amed Rosario. Rosario is a free agent at the end of the season so if the pairing doesn’t work then they can let him walk away. On the year, he is hitting .266 with two home runs and 32 runs batted in. He has also added in nine stolen bases, something that the Dodgers have really struggled with this season.

In this proposed deal, they would lose Michael Busch but to be honest, it feels like the team will eventually trade him. He has looked okay in the big leagues so far but this feels like a solid deal for both teams. On the year, Busch is hitting just .200 with four runs batted in. He is a little older of a player so he likely isn’t in the cards for LA long-term. Cleveland would also be getting some project prospects in this deal so it could be worth their while.

Trading Bieber now makes all the sense for the Guardians before they lose him for nothing in free agency. He likely isn’t going to re-sign with them and his value is at it’s highest right now being under team control for next season as well.

Additionally, getting Bieber and Rosario wouldn’t hinder their chances at going after Shohei Ohtani in the winter, which is ultimately their biggest priority. If this deal or something close to it is on the table, I say LA should go for it. The Dodgers need to do something to help their chances this fall and this could be the big/little move that helps move the needle a little.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

One Comment

  1. If you say it enough times everyone will believe it. But I’m not convinced that the big plan is to sign Ohtani. They have so much money already tied up w Betts and Freeman, Smith, Urias and Buehler will require more money. Plus they need a SS, 3rd, 2nd, and a rh outfielder.

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