The Los Angeles Dodgers raised some eyebrows trading starting pitcher Dan Haren and second baseman/shortstop Dee Gordon earlier this week. However, combine those moves with the team freeing up money by both letting Hanley Ramirez walk and trading Matt Kemp, and the Dodgers could be angling for a blockbuster acquisition of a top-tier starting pitcher.
"What this series of moves does for L.A. is builds flexibility — the kind that would allow the Dodgers to pursue a high-priced free agent like Max Scherzer or trade for a whale like Cole Hamels," CSN Philly's Corey Seidman wrote in an article posted on Thursday.
The Dodgers could go one of two directions with this. Either they can use their new-found financial flexibility to hand Scherzer a mega-deal, or they can use some of the prospect they've stocked up in earlier deals to put together a tantalizing package to acquire Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Either way, the rest of the winter will likely be extremely interesting as the Dodgers assess the Hot Stove and potentially make their move.
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