If you’ve been on Twitter all day then you’ve been subject to dozens of rumors involving the Los Angeles Dodgers from just as many reporters with nothing to show for it except Chase Utley joining the baseball operations team.
We’re going to try to get all the rumors from the day in this article.
With each day comes one (or more) Yasiel Puig rumors. It appears that the 28-year-old will be dealt and it’s just a matter of who and when. As for Matt Kemp, it’s been clear since they dealt for him last December that they would like to find a taker for his contract. It’ll just be a matter of attaching the right player/prospects to join him.
Buster Olney started the day with this rumor and while it’s basically what we expect, seeing Cody Bellinger’s name was new. To this point we’d only seen Bellinger’s name as who the Miami Marlins asked for in exchange for JT Realmuto.
Later in the day, Jon Heyman tweeted this so maybe Bellinger is untouchable after all. Dave Roberts did mention that he sees the former Rookie of the Year as an everyday player for the team in 2019 in his presser.
A new team joined the rumors today with the Cincinnati Reds becoming the latest. Puig would rejoin Turner Ward if this were to happen. This rumor became a bit wilder with Rosenthal’s follow-up tweet.
It would make sense for the Dodgers to deal Puig/outfielder and Alex Wood but taking back Homer Bailey’s deal for some prospects would be a new wrinkle to the proposed offseason plans.
Tomorrow will bring new rumors and possibly new teams in the mix so we’ll just sit back and wait for them to roll in.
So this rumor popped up and presented a short-term solution to the Dodgers’ catching problem. Stripling is coming off an All-Star season and his value is at an all-time high.
But then the rumor died before we could fully digest it. Stripling is still a candidate to be dealt though because of his sky-high value and versatility on a pitching staff. He may be more valuable to another team as a starter.
Rosenthal dropped this latest report and it’s definitely out of left field. Jose Martinez can hit really, really well. You can’t say the same for his defense. While Max Muncy held his own at second base as the year went on, it’s still tough to see him sticking there for a majority of the year.
Either way, Martinez has a career .850 OPS in 822 career AB and clubbed 30 doubles and 17 home runs last season. Knowing Friedman, it’s possible the Dodgers try to get Martinez only to flip him to an AL team for another need.