1. Package Joc Pederson in a deal to free up Matt Kemp’s salary
One solution to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ crowded outfield is to trade not one, but two outfielders in a trade this offseason. While the Dodgers do not need to trade two outfielders to make room, it may be the only way the team can get a deal done of this caliber.
One of the biggest things the Dodgers are going to consider this offseason is whether or not the team wants to trade Matt Kemp. Los Angeles could not get a deal done for Kemp last offseason and now the slugger has only one year left on his deal. Plus, Kemp really won back Dodger fans last season with an insane first half of the season.
However, if the team wants to go out and pursue one of the megastars of this free agent class, the team is going to have to trade Kemp and his $18 million cap hit.
To do so, the Dodgers are going to have to package something that can intrigue the other team. While that could be a prospect, you could argue that a prospect is not worth freeing up just one year of Kemp.
Instead, the team can go into the deep outfield reserve and package Joc Pederson with a lesser prospect and Kemp. This could give an American League team a good DH option in Kemp that, at the very least, can be a platoon DH for left-handed pitching and a nice power option in Joc Pederson.
Of course, the Dodgers have to find another team, most likely an AL team, to get this deal done. In a perfect world, they do.