2021 MLB Trade Deadline Targets

2021 MLB trade deadline

2021 MLB Trade Deadline Targets

The 2021 MLB trade deadline is tomorrow at 4pm ET (1pm PT). Thus far, the Dodgers have not made major moves like they have in years past. They have a lot of time considering the announcement of trading for Yu Darvish was 3-5 minutes after the trade deadline.

Now, let’s talk about who our front office should really try to pursue.

Max Scherzer

In my opinion, first and best option is 2019 World Series champion, two no-hitters, a 20 strikeout game Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer. He is having a decent 2021 season so far as well. 7-4 record, 142 Ks, 105.0 IP and a 2.85 ERA Scherzer mot only brings veteran experience, but he has an intensity that I really think could spark a big flame underneath this lukewarm Dodgers team.

Craig Kimbrel

My other choice is not another starting pitcher but in fact a closer pitcher whom I think would be easier to obtain than Scherzer. 8x All-Star and 2018 World Series Champion – the Chicago Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is an outstanding closer with a 0.49 ERA and 2-3 record. The Dodgers are really short in the closer position. Kenley Jansen just is not that guy anymore and the front office needs to really realize that. So far, it seems that obtaining Kimbrel may not be crazy since the Cubs are in selling mode as there are rumors that they’re talking trades with Kris Bryant.

Who We Give Up In Return

So, I realistically don’t see us giving up prospects of young players such as Josiah Gray, Dustin May, Keibert Ruiz. I feel like these players are some what untouchable. I’ve been seeing people say they wouldn’t mind trading Austin Barnes since he is a free agent after the 2022 season and he could most likely walk after that season. On other teams he is a everyday catcher. Calling up Ruiz and having Will Smith as the main guy going forward I think is a smart move. Thinking a package deal for one of these pitchers including Barnes and a couple prospects would help out the Dodgers a ton at the 2021 MLB trade deadline

PHOTO CREDIT: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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