The Dodgers are one of the most intriguing teams this offseason, because they have obvious holes and plenty of money to spend, but they also have a loaded farm system if they choose to promote from within and do somewhat of a youth movement. Of course, one of the other benefits of a loaded farm system is plenty of assets to trade if you choose to fill your holes that way.
Over at The Athletic, former MLB general manager and current rumor-repeater Jim Bowden has put together a list of potential trade targets for Los Angeles. One of the most commonly discussed names was on the list, as Corbin Burnes has been discussed plenty and is a pitcher every team would be interested in having. But the other four were pretty interesting.
Trade targets: Corbin Burnes, RHP; Lucas Giolito, RHP; Tyler Glasnow, RHP; Jason Adam, RHP; Rafael Devers, 3B
The Dodgers are the most fascinating team to watch this offseason because they have significant payroll flexibility and glaring needs on the left side of the infield, in center field and in the bullpen. They also could use another starting pitcher after losing lefty Tyler Anderson to the Angels in free agency. … The Dodgers are always like an octopus, involved with several trade discussions and free agents at the same time. They should end up being one of the headliners at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
Lucas Giolito had three straight years with Cy Young votes from 2019-21, but he’s never totally met his potential. He’s projected to make $10.8 million in 2023, his final year of arbitration before free agency. He’s always had good stuff and could shine in the Dodgers’ pitching factory if the White Sox decided to move him.
Tyler Glasnow has two years left before he hits free agency, making just over $5 million in 2023 before jumping to $25 million in 2024. He missed most of 2022 after having Tommy John surgery in 2021, and he’s never thrown even 90 innings in a season as a starter. But his pure stuff is among the best in baseball, and he’d be a high-risk, high-reward gamble.
Jason Adam is also on the Rays, but he’s four years away from free agency and ultra-cheap, projected to make $1.9 million in arbitration next year. But he’s definitely the kind of high-octane reliever you can picture thriving in the L.A. bullpen.
And finally we have Rafael Devers, estimated to make $16.9 million in his final year of arbitration with Boston. He’s only 26 and is an outstanding hitter and a solid defender at third base. If he’s really available, it would make sense for Los Angeles to be in on him.
Overall, there are some intriguing ideas on this list. Can we just have all the good players?
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