With less than a month until pitchers and catchers report, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sure to be involved in a few rumors as they put the finishing touches on the team that will start the spring.
Jason Kinander and Ken Rosenthal report that the Dodgers have been in talks with the Chicago White Sox about a deal involving Joc Pederson. Rosenthal’s report notes that the Dodgers have talked to more than just the White Sox about Pederson.
The 26-year-old has been in the big leagues for five seasons after being drafted by the team in 2010. He’s coming off a year in which he slashed .248/.321/.522 with 27 doubles, 25 home runs, 56 RBI and 2.3 WAR. He also lowered his strikeout rate to career-low 19.2%.
Even with the Dodgers trading Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, they still have an abundance of outfielders plus they’ve been linked to Bryce Harper and AJ Pollock. Pederson would personally benefit from going to a team where he can have a chance to play every day rather than be part of a platoon.
It’s unclear what the Dodgers would be looking for from the White Sox in a deal.