The ‘hot stove’ appears ready to really heat up in the coming days and weeks with the GM Meetings under way in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Dodgers are rumored to be in talks with multiple teams in trade scenarios and could also be laying groundwork with agents for free agency.
On MLB Network, Jon Paul Morosi spoke more into detail about what the Dodgers are currently considering at the moment and whether or not Francisco Lindor is a real possibility.
Here is the link to the YouTube video, courtesy of MLB Tonight:
The Dodgers have been rumored to be interested in star shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians. Jon Paul Morosi spoke on the truth to those rumors and the likelihood of a Dodgers-Lindor partnership:
“It is a real possibility. I don’t think we can say it is close or serious yet, but among the many scenarios that exist at the GM Meetings here in Scottsdale, Lindor to the Dodgers is one of them. In fact, I had a GM tell me this yesterday that at least one of Lindor, Mookie Betts, or Kris Bryant will be traded somewhere. The possibility of a blockbuster is very real in the early stages of the offseason.”
MLB Network’s Chris Rose spoke about Lindor and the Dodgers with DodgersNation.com this week as well.
Industry thinking seems to have Los Angeles poised to make a big move.
The Dodgers Staying Put with Top Prospects
The Dodgers reportedly do not expect to part ways with top position player prospects Gavin Lux and Will Smith:
“From the Dodgers’ perspective, they have done a very good job of holding their very best prospects for a long time. At one point in time, that was Cody Bellinger…good thing they did that. But now, the talk is if they would give up Gavin Lux or Will Smith, two of their best position player prospects. I’m told that for now, their stance is that they would not part with Lux or Smith.”
Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler
According to a recent report by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, league executives expect the Dodgers, Yankees, and Angels to engage in a bidding war for Gerrit Cole. According to Morosi, there is a strong belief that the markets for Cole and Wheeler are nearly identical with Wheeler being viewed as something of a consolation prize.