Chicago Cubs: The Dodgers make sense as a perfect trade partner
Despite running roughshod over the rest of the National League West for the better part of a decade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are still chasing their first title since 1988. Andrew Friedman has created a world-class organization – one that’s not handcuffed by payroll considerations and enjoys a perennial pipeline of young talent.
With tens of millions of dollars at his disposal without coming close to hitting the CBT in 2020 (Spotrac estimates Los Angeles has some $33 million left before eclipsing the $208 million mark) – adding Bryant and his sizable contract is very doable.
Not only do they have the money, but they have a glaring need for an impact right-handed bat. Enter Bryant who not only gives the left-handed-heavy Dodgers club some pop from the right side, but he also fits manager Dave Roberts‘ mix-and-match philosophy given his ability to play multiple positions.
For the Cubs, the Dodgers – at least for me personally – are the ideal trade partner. Their system is dripping with talent, even if you consider the likes of Gavin Lux untouchable in any trade, as LA surely does.
We’re talking about guys like Dustin May, Josiah Gray, Jeter Downs and others who could come back to Chicago in a deal – not to mention the young players already on the big league roster. Watching Bryant help the Dodgers win a title (or two) wouldn’t be easy, but sinking our teeth into this organization’s talent pool would make it well worth it.