So far the MLB Winter Meetings have been more smoke than fire, particularly for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were and are believed to be one of the more active teams this offseason, but so far have yet to make a move despite reported discussions with multiple teams and free agents.
It is no secret that the Dodgers have plenty of outfield and starting rotation depth, so those are areas they can afford to trade away from to address other needs of the club.
One outfielder that may be traded is Yasiel Puig as it was recently reported that he is open to playing for another team after losing trust in management during the season.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are currently in discussions with the Cincinnati Reds about Puig and others, such as starter Alex Wood:
#Dodgers, #Reds have talked multiple times, sources tell The Athletic. Different packages being discussed; Puig in play as well as other LAD outfielders, pitchers. Dodgers want to clear money for other pursuits. Puig projected $11.3M in arb, per @mlbtraderumors, Alex Wood $9M.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2018
The Dodgers have also been in discussions with the Cleveland Indians to acquire two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, so if the Indians do not have interest in Puig then they can acquire either prospects or Major League players from the Reds to potentially use in the trade with Cleveland.
Los Angeles also is currently in search for a second baseman, and Scooter Gennett is in the final year of his contract with the Reds, so that could be an option as well. Trading Puig away would also open up the right field position if the Dodgers have interest in the best free agent on the market, Bryce Harper.
While the Dodgers have yet to make a move, they seem to be connected to a variety of fronts so it just seems to be a matter of time before Friedman and his staff strike on a deal.