With the rumors about the Los Angeles Dodgers being willing to trade of any of their big four outfielders except for Yasiel Puig, one has to wonder if any other team will step up and try to obtain what the Dodgers have to offer.
The New York Mets were linked to L.A., but I guess Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp or Carl Crawford aren’t what the Mets are looking for and they have apparently dropped out of the conversation. As usual in sports, when one team or name disappears from a trade discussion, another appears.
There is now a possibility that the Dodgers can make a trade with division foe Colorado Rockies for star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. This may be the best route for the Dodgers to go in order to shore up their infield. The acquisition of Tulo would move Hanley Ramirez from shortstop to third and could make a very good defense even better.
In order for this trade to even occur, Los Angeles needs to eat a chunk of the outfielders’ remaining contracts and throw in a prospect or two. If Magic Johnson and company were willing to part ways with the majority of their top prospects just for David Price, then they should have no problem trading one or two prospects with an outfielder in an attempt to get Tulowitzki.
It’s far too early to determine if this is just another publicity stunt by Dodgers management and they’re just blowing smoke, but the trio of Kemp, Ethier and Crawford will undoubtedly remain in rumors for the time being.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org