Matt Kemp for Yasmani Grandal?

After trading Drew Butera to the Angels during the week for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the Dodgers were on the look out for another catcher to help AJ Ellis in his role on the team; and they may have found the one.

He comes at a hefty price though for LA, having to get rid of Matt Kemp, one of the stars in the outfield in 2014, but in return getting Yasmani Grandal plus young pitchers Joe Ross and Zach Eflin.

The deal is no finalised and it is only coming from various sources but this could be a massive upgrade in the catching stock for the Dodgers and also solving one of the biggest problems for the team, having too many outfielders.

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Gordon, Haren and Rojas Gone in Blockbuster Trade

Coming into the penultimate day of the Winter Meetings, LA had done nothing and the new front office was under scrutiny. But this would all change in the next 12 hours or so.

The Dodgers ended up agreeing on sending second baseman Dee Gordon, starter Dan Haren and utility infielder Miguel Rojas to the Marlins in return for starting pitcher and top prospect Andrew Heaney, Enrique Hernandez, minor leaguer Austin Barnes and relief man Chris Hatcher.

Since the announcing of this trade Andrew Heaney has already been shipped on to the Anaheim Angels to get Howie Kendrick, the all-star second baseman from the AL, the perfect replacement for Dee Gordon. Dee hit for .289 on the year while Howie went for .293, Dee with a .326 OBP is slightly lower than Howie’s .347 and 176 hits compared to 181. Both players are very similar on offence, as goes for their defence, both have range and the arm to the make the plays while not messing up too many routine plays, with only 11 errors for Kendrick compared to Gordon’s 12.

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Do the Dodgers Really Need Jon Lester?

Coming into the Winter Meetings for the MLB and the chance to get any free agent as well as any player via is trade is very enticing for any time, but especially one with the access to money that LA has stacked away. With many new front office members too, non more noticeable than a new GM, the Dodgers have reason to go after a big name, and none of which stands out more than 30 year old Starting Pitcher Jon Lester.

He spent the last year with Boston and then went over to Oakland after a trade involving such other big names as Jonny Gomes and Yoenis Cespedes and shined bright for both teams. Jon went 16-11 combined with a 2.46ERA, a record that any team would love to have in the bullpen but do LA need him that badly?

The starting pitching staff that the Dodgers have right now is impressive as ever with starters like 3 time Cy Young award winner and 1 time MVP Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun Jin Ryu and I just don’t see why Jon Lester is of priority to them at the moment. Surely the team needs back up for these 3 plus whoever else comes in to fill number 4 and 5 in the rotation rather than just another star.

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