Indians deal Ramirez for immediate contributors
While the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently trying to capture the World Series crown, they could very soon enter the trade market with the Cleveland Indians for multiple players, one of them being Jose Ramirez.
Starting at third base for the Dodgers in the World Series has been Justin Turner, who has been solid. However, Turner is set to become a free agent this offseason and will be 36-years old when the 2021 season begins. While Turner is a fan favorite, the Dodgers could opt to explore other avenues for third base.
Should the Indians make Ramirez available, he would be able to sustain, if not improve, the production from the third base slot that Turner has provided the Dodgers. He’s also on a much cheaper contract and is a good deal younger as well, but what would LA have to give up?
A top prospect would probably be needed and for the Indians that would be the team’s No. 2 prospect catcher Keibert Ruiz. With fellow prospect Will Smith entrenched behind the plate, the Dodgers can look to move Ruiz this offseason for other pieces. As for the Tribe, Roberto Perez has been stellar behind the plate, but he will be 32 when next year starts, so an investment in youth could be good.
Next on the list is the Dodgers’ No. 11 prospect, outfielder DJ Peters. The Indians need outfielders direly and Peters would join the mix. Over 57 games at Triple-A during the 2019 season Peters was average at the plate, but drew 33 walks and clubbed a dozen home runs.
The final piece would be No. 18 prospect and utility man Zach McKinstry. Playing in four games for the Dodgers this season, McKinstry slashed .286/.286/.429 with a double. He saw time at both second base and right field.