It appears that Joc Pederson’s days as a Los Angeles Dodger could be numbered. On Sunday, multiple sources reported that Joc was on the block. Moreover, the team he’s rumored to be highly interested by is the Chicago White Sox.
Ken Rosenthal is the most noteworthy to be on top of the rumor. However, multiple sources are reporting that the Dodgers are looking to deal Pederson to the AL Central team.
On rumors of Joc Pederson trade to #WhiteSox: #Dodgers have been discussing Pederson in possible deals, rival executives say. CWS one of clubs in those conversations, according to sources. Not known if talks are advanced to point where teams are close to a deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 20, 2019
Pederson slugged an admirable .522 in 2018 – and shows good pop against right-handed pitching. Equally important is the question of ‘why’ the Dodgers are looking to adamantly move Pederson.
It seems like the days of Pederson playing center field are behind him. That said, the Dodgers are looking for right-handed hitters and an outfielder that can play center field. It just seems like Pederson is part of a surplus that the Dodgers are willing to part ways with.
It will be interesting to see what package Pederson could return. An All-Star in 2015, Pederson was a 2.3 bWAR player in 2018. Aside from a fair degree of on-field production, Pederson is a fan favorite with many who follow the Dodgers.
Are you ready for Los Angeles to part ways with Pederson, and if so; what would you expect in return?
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