Entering the 2020 season, the Dodgers dominated play during the regular season, winning the NL West seven straight seasons winning over 90 games each season. However, the World Series had eluded them. That all changed in the shortened 2020 season.
After winning 43 of 60 regular season game, the Dodgers claimed their first World Series since 1988. The team will likely lose 35-year old Justin Tuner via free agency, but the Dodgers could have a plan to upgrade an already formidable team.
According to Jon Morosi, the LA team have interest in acquiring Rockies’ All-Star Arenado via trade. In fact, the Dodgers have had their eyes on Arenado for some time. With the Rockies looking to cut their payroll and the Dodgers having an opening at third base, the time is right to vigorously pursue a trade. Arenado is slated to earn $140 million over the next four seasons at $35 million per year, with slightly declining salaries in 2025 and 2026. He can also opt out of his contract following next season.
At 29 years of age, Arenado should still be in his prime, although his numbers indicated a down year offensively with just eight home runs and a .253 average in 48 games. Those numbers, however, could likely be an aberration, since the sample size of a 60-game season is relatively small. In addition, he remains spectacular in the field, claiming his eighth Gold Glove Award in as many seasons. During his career, Arenado has put up eye-opening numbers offensively, with five consecutive seasons with at least 30 home runs, surpassing 40 in 2015, 2016, and 2019.
He also racked up through straight seasons with at least 130 RBI, leading the league twice. There is one important point not to overlook which is that Arenado has a no-trade clause, which means he can push back his opt-out should he decide to accept a trade. The potential good news for the Dodgers and their fans is that Arenado was a Dodgers fan growing up. There is clearly a possibility that Arenado could end up in Los Angeles. Stay tuned!