Dodgers: Insider Calls LA the Best Trade Destination for Oakland Slugger Matt Olson
The Dodgers are going to always be linked to big names on the market. That sort of comes with the territory of being one of the most financially stable teams in baseball along with their expertise in developing young players.
So when Jim Bowden linked Matt Olson to the Dodgers this week, you kind of have to take it as just that. A rumor. But Bowden called Los Angeles one of the top trade destinations for the Oakland A’s slugger, and it could work out very well if that happened.
The left-handed first baseman slashed .271/.371/.540 with 39 homeruns last season. Over his 6 year career with Oakland, he carries a .859 OPS. That’s the kind of pop and consistency that the Dodgers could use in their infield and in the heart of their order.
But the acquisition of Olson would come with some moving parts. Max Muncy would presumably need to slide over to second base to make the deal happen. And that’s entirely possible, especially if Corey Seager leaves in free agency.
That allows for Trea Turner to move to shortstop and Olson to plug in full-time at first. Olson also helps the Dodgers against left-handed pitching with pretty even career splits against southpaws. That’s something that they’ve struggled to find consistency in over the years.
It would take a lot of movement, but it’s not entirely out of the question.