Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colleti stated that he may sit idle come the MLB trade deadline, but given the amount of rumors coming out of Southern California is seems difficult to believe such.
Fresh off a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants, which saw the Dodgers reclaim first place from their Northern California rivals, Los Angeles’ front office is hard at work. There have been rumors of a potential Matt Kemp trade and rumors of either David Price or Jon Lester making their way to Hollywood.
Now there is talk of a Carl Crawford trade, this according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Dodgers floating Carl Crawford to teams. Still owed $69.25M thru 2017. Unclear how much $ Dodgers would eat. Will need to be a lot.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2014
With Matt Kemp seemingly content in right field and Yasiel Puig in left, left field is currently being split between Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. Of course, sitting in Triple-A is uber-prospect Joc Pederson, who very well could make his MLB debut if the Dodgers clear up their outfield logjam.
That’s likely part of the reason Carl Crawford is being shopped.
Of course, much like many of the Dodgers other ‘assets’, Carl Crawford is owed a lot of money as noted by Passan above. That’s obviously going to limit any potential return, though given his sub-par production Los Angeles may be best served ridding themselves of the veteran to open up playing time for Pederson.
No teams have been linked to having interest in Carl Crawford as of yet, though if Los Angeles is willing to pay most of his remaining contract, somebody will be more than happy to take him off their hands.