The Dodgers Should Do Another Trade With The White Sox In Order To Bolster Their 2017 Roster
Last year the Dodgers were in the middle of a 3 way trade with the Reds and White Sox.
December 16, 2015: Todd Frazier was Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Brandon Dixon (minors), Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds. The Chicago White Sox sent Micah Johnson, Frankie Montas and Trayce Thompson to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
with the full rebuild going on in the south side of Chicago now, the Los Angeles Dodgers brass should be targeting some players back in return. This time they should acquire Todd Frazier, but I also think they should go for Brett Lawrie and White Sox team Closer David Robertson.
The total net projected salary of those 3 players would equal $28.5 MIL – which would be substantially less than what it would take to re-sign Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen. David Robertson has pitched for a big market like New York before, so playoff baseball is not foreign to him.
So who goes back in return for these guys?
I would start off by seeing if he White Sox would like to have Trayce Thompson back. With Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles and Scott Van Slyke all patrolling the Outfield already, Thompson may have a tough time receiving playing time. Toles would have to be considered by the Pale Hose as well.
This is about the White Sox shedding more money off their books than anything. Creating playing space at 2B for a guy like Yoan Moncada is a smart idea. A few more midlevel prospects could be added from the Dodgers to the White Sox.
Frazier is just not going to garner you the same attention as before. The mere fact that he could earn as much as $13 – $14 MIL for one year in Arbitration will make it hard to flip him in a trade for just one year of team control.
Lawrie, who will play 2017 at age 27, only has one year left as well, and makes just $3.5 MIL..Last year he hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 HRs, 22 – 2Bs and 36 RBI during his 384 Plate Appearances. He is a decent enough Second Baseman as well.
Those numbers are really close to what Utley provided in 2016. Utley made $7 ML in 2016, Lawrie avoided his last year of Arbitration and inked a one year deal for $3.5 MIL.
Robertson has 2 years left, but again, there are just not going to be a bushel full of talent coming back from his services.
If the White Sox would attract 4 – 5 more prospects from the Dodgers (including 1 of Toles/Thompson, 1 of Stripling/Stewart, with 2 – 3 more mid-level prospects) than this should suffice the White Sox.
A kind of deal like that would push the Dodgers to the Luxury Tax Threshold again in 2017 (near $235 MIL), yet it will give them much more flexibility in future seasons, with Robertson being the only guy signed beyond 2017. it would also give the Los Angeles club a chance to drop under the limit in 2018, with a guarantee of deals that would only cost around $160 MIL.
The organization could then lean on prospects like Austin Barnes (C/2B/3B), and Willie Calhoun – to potentially help out in 2018 – with seasoning for just 1 more year in the Minors. Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo are also on the list of guys who may contribute by 2018.
This could make Adrian Gonzalez available for trade to an AL Team (Dodgers may have to eat at least half of his $22.35 deal in 2018), and spell the end of Andre Ethier ($2.5 MIL Buyout for 2018).
By doing a one year reset, the club could then take a run in 2018 going into 2019, for a Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen or Michael Brantley in the OF, By then you would also have Julio Urias and Jose DeLeon working behind Clayton Kershaw in the rotation. Only Rich Hill would be left on the Starting Staff from the projected top 5.
By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
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Posted on December 11, 2016, in MLB Trades, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged andre ethier, Andrew Toles, Austin Barnes, brett lawrie, Brock Stewart, bryce harper, chase utley, chicago white soz, cincinnati reds, clayton kershaw, cody bellinger, corey seager, david robertson, Frankie Montas, howie kendrick, Joc Pederson, jordan sheffield, Jose DeLeon, Jose Peraza, Julio Urias, justin turner, kenley jansen, Luis Verdugo, Micah Johnson, michael brantley, rich hill, rick hahn, Scott Schebler, scott van slyke, todd frazier, trayce thompson, yadier alvarez, yasiel puig. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.