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Writer Thinks Dodgers Should Trade for Gleyber Torres if Yankees Wish to Move Him

The Dodgers infield depth has been tested early in 2023. When they traded for Miguel Rojas in January, they thought they had acquired more than enough depth to last the entire season — then, the injury bug hit.

First, it was starting shortstop Gavin Lux suffering a torn ACL in spring training, ending his season before it began. Then, it was Miguel Rojas and Miguel Vargas dealing with minor injuries early in the 2023 season. And now, it’s Chris Taylor, who hurt his left side at the end of Monday’s game and will be out for at least a few days.



With all the issues in the infield, the Dodgers could really use some help. That’s why, over at Bleacher Report, writer Kerry Miller thinks the Dodgers should make a trade for Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres. He thinks a package of Max Muncy and pitching prospect Landon Knack could get the job done. Here’s a part of what he had to say.

“Keeping in mind that the Dodgers presumably plan on making a big offseason (or trade deadline) swing for Shohei Ohtani, they likely want any incoming money to be offset by outgoing money. Moving Muncy ($13.5 million this year; $10 million club option in 2024) solves that problem. And trading for Muncy would allow the Yankees to move LeMahieu back to second base instead of keeping him at the hot corner during the stretches of the season when 37-year-old Josh Donaldson is unavailable/ineffective.”

It’s a little difficult to imagine the Dodgers trading Muncy, especially now that his bat has got going with six home runs in the last week. Also, it would only further complicate the infield issues, considering he’s the team’s everyday third baseman.

As for Knack, he’s the Dodgers No. 19 prospect per MLB Pipeline, and currently has a 1.13 ERA in eight innings in Double-A.

On the other side of the trade is Torres, someone the Dodgers could greatly benefit from adding. The two-time All-Star has slowed down after his scorching start to the season, but he’s still playing good baseball in New York.

Torres is slashing .286/.435/.490 with two home runs, two doubles and six RBIs. He’s also walked 13 times, while striking out 10. His five stolen bases put him in the top 10 in the entire league.

Torres has only played at second base this season, but he does have a ton of experience at shortstop. If the Dodgers were to trade Muncy (which, again, I don’t think they do), they could move Vargas back to third base and play Torres at second base with an ability to move to shortstop as depth, too.

Do I think this exact trade happens? No. Do I think the Dodgers could make a move for Torres? Probably not. But he would be a great fit, and someone the Dodgers should go after if the Yankees wish to move him.

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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.

3 Comments

  1. Who replaces Muncy’s offense in this trade? Maybe Michael Busch and Knack for Torres, but not Muncy. Torres is essentially a second baseman as described in this article… we need a bonafide shortstop in return for any trade we make.. BTW, a number 19 prospect in the Dodgers system is like #10 elsewhere.

  2. Torres doesn’t interest me, especially at the expense of Muncy & Knack. Tim Anderson or Willy Adames however are another story.

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