As a franchise, the Dodgers don’t know the meaning of the word complacency. Despite being the reigning World Series champions, they are going to be aggressive in chasing a second straight title. That explains all of the Dodgers trade rumors 2021 that are swirling with the MLB trade deadline approaching.
There might be even more urgency for the Dodgers this year because they aren’t running away with their ninth straight NL West crown. Los Angeles is behind the Giants and also competing with the Padres for the division title.
The Dodgers know that if they don’t win the division, they’ll end up playing a one-game Wild Card Game against either San Diego or San Francisco, which could force the Dodgers to be aggressive in adding pieces at the trade deadline.
Dodgers trade rumors 2021
Despite all of the Dodgers trade rumors, it’s a little tough to make trade deadline predictions for Los Angeles because the team doesn’t have a lot of obvious needs. Injuries and disappointing performances from the team’s stars have been two of the biggest factors holding back the Dodgers this season. Those aren’t necessarily things that can be fixed at the trade deadline.
However, among the Dodgers trade targets should be relief pitchers. The Dodgers know how important the bullpen can be to postseason success, and right now, the Los Angeles bullpen is closer to the middle of the pack than the top of the National League. That will likely make the bullpen the team’s biggest priority heading toward the trade deadline.
Of course, there is still time for the Dodgers to make a splash elsewhere. If they aren’t sure about Corey Seager’s health coming back from injury, the Dodgers could explore a trade for a middle infielder.
There could also be room for another big bat in the Los Angeles lineup, especially a player who can play multiple positions. Also, don’t discount the possibility of the Dodgers making a strong starting rotation even stronger.
Dodgers trade targets
One thing to keep in mind about the Dodgers trade targets is that the team tends to shop at the top of the market.
That means they will be looking for someone who can make a significant impact rather than just a modest addition. As a result, most of the Dodgers trade rumors involve the top relievers who figure to be available. Most notably, that’s Texas closer Ian Kennedy, who’s having a sensational season and would be an ideal setup man for Kenley Jansen. Names like Richard Rodriguez of the Pirates and Josh Staumont of the Royals have also been connected with the Dodgers.
Among position players, the name to watch in Dodgers trade rumors is Joey Gallo. He also plays for the Rangers, leaving the door open for a blockbuster deal with Texas.
Gallo would give the Dodgers another power hitter who can play all three outfield positions, as well as both third base and first base if needed. In other words, he’d be an upgrade over Matt Beaty, who hasn’t provided much power this year. Plus, Gallo would be an option to DH during the World Series, which is a factor the Dodgers will surely consider.