As day three of the winter meetings drew to a close, the Dodgers had not yet made any moves. But even though they haven’t done anything yet, there are still many rumors and reports that they are close to making some moves.
According to Jeff Passan, the Dodgers are nearing a deal with free-agent reliever, Joe Kelly. The deal will reportedly be worth 25 million over three years. Kelly struggled a bit in the regular season with the Red Sox, posting a 4-2 record with a 4.39 ERA. But when things began to matter in the postseason, he improved to 2-1 with a 0.79 ERA.
In an interview on Wednesday afternoon, Andrew Friedman vaguely hinted that the Dodgers might trade for J.T. Realmuto. Friedman said it’s “possible” that no move would be made by the time they leave on Thursday be he “wouldn’t be surprised if something happened.”
As I’ve looked more deeply into this Realmuto possibility, I’ve begun to like it more and more. The Dodgers are in need of a catcher for at least two years before they have a catcher in the system who is ready to come up. Realmuto’s current deal has him under team control for that amount of time. Furthermore, the Dodgers need more good right-handed batters, which is exactly what Realmuto is.
The Dodgers are reportedly shopping multiple outfields, including Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and I’ve even heard someone say, Cody Bellinger. They’re shopping Puig because they do it every year and he’s not happy as a Dodger. They’re shopping Kemp because he has a very large salary and the Dodger outfield is too deep and it is keeping Major-League ready Alex Verdugo in Triple-A. As far as Bellinger goes, I don’t believe that they’re actually shopping him.