The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Kyle Farmer, and a sum of cash to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and a pair of prospects. This deal was obviously to save up some money for a trade in the future. This seven player trade seems to have allowed for enough room to sign a big named player.
Now that the Dodgers are well under the cap space they will look use this as a set-up for something big. Starting pitcher, Corey Kluber, and star outfielder, Bryce Harper, seem like an obvious choice for the Dodgers. But if the Dodgers can’t land a deal with Harper and Kluber then the trade they made to the Reds will have been a failure.
Kluber has had a lot of success in the MLB, winning multiple CY Young awards, had league leading numbers, and has had a lot of playoff experience. The only downfall to Kluber is his age. He just turned 32 years old but luckily he has not shown any slowing down in recent years. He could be a very cheap and reliable option to give help to pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler.
The Dodgers made it to their second consecutive World Series appearance even with their lack of full-time players on the roster. There were only two Dodgers- shortstop, Manny Machado and third baseman, Justin Turner- who started every playoff appearance last season. The rest of the positions on the field were field by different players almost every game. So they are in desperate need of a consistent player which they would get with Harper.
Luckily this has worked out for them in the past but it can’t work forever. This year the Boston Red Sox dominated them in the World Series after beating them in five games. They also needed 163 games to even make it into the playoffs by beating the Colorado Rockies in a one game playoff. They also struggled in the NLCS after taking the Milwaukee Brewers, who have been struggling in pitching all post season, to seven games.
The Dodgers could be a lot better and Bryce Harper would have a significant impact on the team in the playoffs. Harper has a .801 OPS over his career in the playoffs and this could help in producing more runs for the team.
Harper is now in the prime of his career and there is no better place for him to go showcase his talents than in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have been in the World Series for back-to-back years now and if Harper really wants a ring, he should highly consider signing to play for this organization.
The Dodgers will most likely look to make a short-term deal with Harper. Something over three to four years with a large amount of money. Harper is looking for a record-breaking contract and the Dodgers have more than enough money to dish out to him.