Luis Robert Jr. Lands With Dodgers in Proposed 10-Player Blockbuster

The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a couple of significant injuries to star players over the weekend, with shortstop Mookie Betts now expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, and starter Yoshinobu Yamamoto out indefinitely with a shoulder problem. It's fairly evident they will want to do something to replace Betts's offense, and certainly something on the pitching side as well.

So what if they could make it all up with some one-stop shopping?

They are unlikely to find a shortstop who will approximate the MVP-like production of Betts, but they could try to make that up in the outfield. And also try to nab one of the best pitchers on the trade market at the same time.  As proposed by baseball insider Jim Bowden, who made plenty of big deals in his many years as a major league GM, the Dodgers could land Chicago White Sox stars Luis Robert Jr. and Garrett Crochet in this blockbuster 10-player trade scenario he suggests:

LA Dodgers Receive:

  • CF Luis Robert Jr.
  • LHP Garrett Crochet
  •  RH reliever Michael Kopech
  • White Sox Receive:

    • C Dalton Rushing (#1 Dodgers prospect)
    • RHP Nick Frasso (#3)
    • RHP Kyle Hurt (#5)
    • RHP Payton Martin (#9)
    • LHP Justin Wrobleski (#14)
    • SS Emil Morales (#18)
    • OF Andy Pages

    Whoa. That's a big trade. The White Sox get a huge haul of seven "solid to good prospects" as Bowden calls them, including three of their top five, a huge leg up on their rebuild. 

    The Dodgers get a power/speed combo outfielder who was an All-Star last season and even received some MVP votes. He blasted 38 homers and stole 20 bases. Assuming he can stay healthy (always a big assumption with Robert) he'd be a massive get for LA.

    Same on the pitching side, where Crochet is one of the top arms on the trade market—and one of the top pitchers in all of baseball thus far—pitching to a 3.16 ERA with an 0.89 WHIP and a major league-leading 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings. 

    Kopech has been up and down in his role in the bullpen, but is striking out a sizzling 13.2 batters per nine, adding a huge arm to the Dodgers 'pen. 

    It's a bold proposal, but we'll keep an eye on what LA does next to make up for their big injury losses.


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