The Los Angeles Dodgers are fresh off winning 106 games and reaching the postseason for the seventh consecutive season, but they are still chasing that elusive Commissioner's Trophy, which they haven't hoisted in 31 years.
As always, they are poised to return to playing October baseball, and they will likely make some notable splashes in free agency to get over the hump. Given their rich farm system, the club should be more than open to orchestrating blockbuster deals; with that in mind, let's identify a few dream trade scenarios the Dodgers could pull off this winter.
3. Kirby Yates
The Dodgers' bullpen is good enough to get them through the regular season, but they continuously fold when it counts beyond October. Joe Kelly's first season in LA left a lot to be desired, telling us that the Dodgers should look to the Padres and work out a deal for right-handed reliever Kirby Yates, who is fresh off logging a sensational 1.19 ERA in 60.2 innings for San Diego in 2019.
2. Corey Kluber
At 33-years-old, we're not viewing Kluber has a long-term fix, but we're also not going to undermine his value because of a freak injury that prematurely ended his 2019 campaign. Let's not forget that Kluber has two Cy Young's on his resume and owns a lifetime 3.16 ERA. Further, he proved in 2018 that he was plenty left in the tank, accumulating a 20-7 record alongside a 2.89 ERA. With Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu hitting the free agent market, the Dodgers should absolutely get the Indians, who are looking to get younger, on the phone.
1. Mookie Betts
Why not? Sure, the Dodger offense is loaded with talent, but has anybody else noticed that it's always the same guys -- Joc Pederson, Justin Turner, and Max Muncy -- that show up in the postseason? Looking to acquire Betts from the Red Sox, who are desperate to get under the luxury tax line, makes so, so much sense. Boston would acquire young assets and the Dodgers would get a player that would not only make their lineup the deepest in the MLB, but catapult their outfield defense to league-best status by a noticeable margin.