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Dudes Not Named Juan Soto The Dodgers Are Considering At Trade Deadline

Juan Soto is talk of the trade deadline, but there are other hot bats still available and the Dodgers are hunting for them.

Are you tired of hearing about Juan Soto trade rumors? I hope not. They're going to continue until the trade deadline and if Soto is not traded, you'll be hearing about it for the next two seasons until he is traded.

We've already discussed in detail that the market value for Soto's contract is astronomically high and that some teams may not want to give up that much of their farm system to acquire him.

The Dodgers have never been shy about making a big trade at the deadline. A year ago to the day, the Dodgers acquired Trea Turner and Max Scherzer by trading away their highest catching prospect in Keibert Ruiz and a terrific pitcher in Josiah Gray.

With that in mind, there are whispers that the Dodgers are looking at other, cheaper options.

Julio Daniel Martinez

The most recent rumors surround Boston Red Sox slugger, J.D. Martinez. The Red Sox have been spectacularly horrible in July. They've quickly gone from playoff contenders to sellers, and JD Martinez is a hot ticket item.

Martinez, who only plays DH these days, is in the final year of the five-year deal he signed in 2018. His cost as a trade chip should be fairly low compared to a name like Juan Soto. Even at a lower price (this language is dehumanizing but for lack of a better term) Martinez is slashing an impressive .293/.361/.466 and owns a 1.051 OPS versus lefties. Martinez is a certified left-handed crusher.

The one caveat that nobody seems to have acknowledged is that Martinez has been pretty putrid over his past month and a half. In his last 30 games, Martinez is slashing .188/.250/.274 with only one home run. A change of scenery may help Martinez, but there are no guarantees. In my personal opinion, Martinez is not worth trading either of the Dodgers' top two prospects, Diego Cartaya or Bobby Miller. Martinez is a liability with a glove, and keeping him at DH ties up a lot of good bat options for the Dodgers down the stretch.

Ian Happ

Another name the Dodgers have been linked to is Cubs utility player Ian Happ. This is much more of a move Andrew Friedman is known for. Happ can play multiple positions, something the Dodgers love, and is something you see less and less of—a switch hitter. Happ is currently slashing .284/.367/.446 for the lowly Cubs with a 128 OPS+. Over his career, he has been a little better against left-handed pitching. This smells of a quintessential Dodgers move.

Brandon Drury

Speaking of struggling NL central teams, the Reds are looking to sell. Brandon Drury is one of the hotter names on the market, as he is similar to Martinez and Happ, but in 2022 his power has not been sapped like the two aforementioned players. He's slashing .271/.332/.515 with 19 home runs and a 126 OPS+. Drury, stop me if you've heard this before, can play multiple positions as well. He'll be a very sought-after bat at the trade deadline.

Last Thoughts

As a Dodger fan, I would prefer not to pursue JD Martinez. No personal disrespect, but his bat has declined mightily as the weather has warmed up, and he's a liability in the field. Brandon Drury is a hot bat who can play everywhere and I'd love to see him in Dodger blue.