Even with the potential loss of some free agents this offseason, the Dodgers are still one of baseball’s deepest teams. While they don’t need to do a whole lot to be considered favorites to repeat next season, that’s not stopping the team from trying to improve. In an effort to bring in a right-handed bat, the Dodgers are interested once again to acquire Nolan Arenado from the Rockies.
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Why the Dodgers Should Pull the Trigger
There have been rumors that the Dodgers have wanted Arenado for some time now, but the stars have never aligned. However, this may be the best opportunity for the Dodgers to get a deal done. The Rockies took another major step back this season after a hot start. Arenado’s patience with the team may be running out as well. The All-Star third baseman is also a native of Lake Forest, California which would be a welcome home party if he were to become a Dodger.
There’s no doubt the Dodgers would become a juggernaut and would be pegged to repeat their 2020 season. The Dodgers also have the money to acquire their second biggest star in less than a year. He’s owed roughly $199 million over the next 6 years if he opts into his contract. That’s the price to pay for a 5x All-Star, 8x Gold Glove winner, 4x Silver Slugger, 3x NL home run leader, and the list goes on. He’s been doing way too much damage to the Dodgers over the year, so it may be time to turn the tables. The longer the Dodgers wait on a trade, hopefully, the more desperate the Rockies become in an attempt to gain a package for him.
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Why the Dodgers Should be Patient
The Rockies know better than anyone just how much the Dodgers have been drooling over acquiring their homegrown star. They also know that they don’t stand a chance in the division anytime soon, especially with the Padres exiting their rebuild and ready to contend. Trading your star player will always hurt, but trading him away to a division rival is a punch to the gut.
The asking price for Arenado will undoubtedly be high. The Rockies will not hesitate to ask for Gavin Lux as well as a top arm in the Dodgers system. They could ask for Dustin May, tony Gonsolin, Josiah Gray, or maybe even Brusdar Graterol. Of course, the Dodgers should balk after hearing many of those names. It’ll cost the Dodgers penny of prospects to acquire Arenado and while it could be worth it, there’s another way.
Arenado has an opt-out in his contract after next season. If he has another solid year and the Rockies don’t get any closer to contending, we could see hit the open market. That’s when the Dodgers could pounce. Again, the Dodgers have the money to spend, even if they decide to extend some of their own stars. Acquiring Arenado for cash and a draft pick would set the Dodgers up for future success rather than gutting the farm system to a division rival who wants nothing more than to see the Dodgers’ time end.