MLB Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Seeking Help at Third Base

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJuly 12, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 18:  Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres hits an RBI double during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Petco Park on June 18, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are in need of a third baseman and the Milwaukee Brewers' Aramis Ramirez or the San Diego Padres' Chase Headley fit the bill.

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the Dodgers are interested in both third basemen.

If Brewers decide to sell, Dodgers have identified Aramis Ramirez as possible 3B upgrade. Prefer Chase Headley, however.

— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 12, 2012


Both Ramirez and Headley currently play for sub-.500 teams whose postseason chances look bleak at best, so it may be time to sell.

As Ben Nicholson-Smith of writes, the Dodgers third basemen rank No. 26 in the league with an OPS of .631, meaning they are looking to buy.

Here's what LA's 3B situation looked like during the first half of the season:

Juan Uribe: .194/.250/.271/.521

Adam Kennedy: .228/.315/.309/.624

Jerry Hairston Jr.: .297/.369/.424/.793

Luis Cruiz: .318/.385/.500/.885 (seven games)

Clearly, the Dodgers are in need of some help at the hot corner, and adding either Ramirez or Headley would be an upgrade.

Ramirez was acquired by the Brewers to essentially fill the shoes of Prince Fielder, which is nearly impossible. Still, Ramirez has been decent for Milwaukee, hitting .272 with 10 HR and 52 RBI.

Headley, on the other hand, has fared a little bit worse here in 2012. At the All-Star break, he's hitting .267 with eight home runs and 42 RBI, which sadly leads the Padres in practically every offensive category. The upside with Headley is that he's 28, as opposed to Ramirez who is 34.

The deal makes sense for LA, who started the season off on fire before cooling down due to injuries to sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier and starter Ted Lilly.

Los Angeles currently holds a half-game lead over the San Francisco Giants and would undoubtedly benefit from adding a solid bat and glove, whether it be Ramirez or Headley.

With Ramirez, the Dodgers would get a three-time All-Star with an average glove, but a bat who has hit at least 25 homers and 100 RBI in six seasons.

Headley would bring more of a defensive-minded aspect to LA, with offensive ability that would thrive in the Dodgers' lineup as opposed to the Padres.

Regardless of who the Dodgers end up with, I think fans need to be pleased with the effort of the Dodgers' front office and with the team itself.

A healthy Kemp, Ethier and Lilly will only spell trouble for the Giants and the rest of the National League.

Just imagine when they add a substantial third baseman. 


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