When it comes to Dodgers trade rumors in 2011, anything goes. Aside from a few untouchables (Andre Ethier and Clayton Kershaw), and some untradeables (no one is taking Ted Lilly’s laughable contract), anyone could be moved.
If Frank McCourt had things his way, half of this team would have already been traded straight up for cash to cover superfluous vacation homes and mounting legal fees. Fortunately for Dodgers fans, Major League Baseball has taken the power out of McCourt’s hands, and appointed a trustee (Tom Schieffer) to oversee any and all financial decisions made by the team.
While Schieffer’s presence significantly decreases the chances of mass, wholesale trades in Los Angeles, the Dodgers are nonetheless a franchise clearly in need of some help. Their young core isn’t getting any younger, and simply hasn’t been able to produce the way the team hoped they would five years ago. Add a few albatross contracts into this equation, and you have a recipe for financial ruin (and diminishing win totals) on your hands.
Although a true 1997 Marlins-style fire sale is unlikely, the Dodgers have no reason to stand pat at the trade deadline. They are one team that could benefit greatly from beginning a rebuilding process, and what better time to start than in the post-All Star break feeding frenzy, where playoff-bound squads often part with top prospects and favorable contracts for short-term help?
With this in mind, here are seven Dodgers who will be available for the right price, or possibly less, depending on how desperate the franchise is to move past the debacle the is the 2011 season.