Christian Yelich is all by himself on the Miami Marlins. The Marlins traded Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna. Now, a once-menacing offense in Miami has turned into Derek Jeter’s personal project. Yelich does not seem to be too pleased with this and may be on his way out.
However, it may be a blessing in disguise for the Southern California native. Yelich could find a home on his hometown Dodgers and be a part of a special, World Series caliber team.
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There is a kicker in this deal that makes it possible. Much like they did with the Padres earlier in his career, the Dodgers are going to have to pay a majority of the $43 million left on Kemp’s contract. Los Angeles can afford to pay up to $30 million of that money; might as well if they are just planning on releasing him. Right?
Thus the Marlins get a veteran that can at least do something for the team in 2018 while building for the future. Verdugo can become the everyday center fielder for the Dodgers. There is no path for Verdugo on the Dodgers.
Again, White could be a top rotation arm in the future and Gavin Lux could be the long-term second base option. and Ryu is an expiring arm who could regain old form under former coach Don Mattingly. The Marlins cover every base with this deal, the Dodgers get an all-star outfielder that can move Chris Taylor to left field.
While it may be a bit optimistic, there is no reason why the Dodgers cannot pull of this deal. Thus guaranteeing the World Series.