Dodgers Trade Rumors: Bryan Reynolds, Alek Thomas, Jarred Kelenic Among OF Targets

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 17, 2022

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a home run in the seventh inning during the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 in New York, New York. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers are "actively pursuing trades for a center fielder," according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Cody Bellinger played 144 games in center field for the Dodgers in 2022, but he was non-tendered this offseason before agreeing to a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Los Angeles is searching for a replacement, with Rosenthal listing the Pittsburgh Pirates' Bryan Reynolds, Arizona Diamondbacks' Alek Thomas, St. Louis Cardinals' Dylan Carlson and Seattle Mariners' Jarred Kelenic among the options.

Reynolds is by far the most proven candidate after earning an All-Star selection in 2021. He finished last season with 27 home runs, seven stolen bases, a .262 batting average and an .807 OPS.

In 2021, his .912 OPS ranked 11th in the majors.

The 27-year-old also requested a trade earlier this month, making him a quality fit for the Dodgers. His past production will create a high trade cost, but it might be worth it for Los Angeles as it tries to win a World Series.

The other potential options struggled offensively last season, although the Dodgers could get a steal with a high-upside player.

Kelenic was one of the top prospects in baseball heading into the 2021 season and has crushed it in the minors (.302 average in Triple-A), but he's hit just .168 across two seasons in the majors.

Carlson hit just .236 with eight home runs last year after he was a Rookie of the Year finalist in 2021.

Thomas had a .231 average and .619 OPS, although he is a plus defender who had six defensive runs saved last year, per FanGraphs.

With a lineup that's already loaded after winning 111 games last season, Los Angeles can afford to take a risk in center field.

If the Dodgers choose not to make a trade, Chris Taylor and Trayce Thompson are among the internal candidates available after playing the position last year. There are few impact options available in free agency after Brandon Nimmo re-signed with the New York Mets and Andrew Benintendi joined the Chicago White Sox.