By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com –– The MLB trade deadline is just around the corner, with contending teams deciding what they need to add before 6 p.m. ET on Aug. 1.
The big question is whether or not the Angels will offer up superstar talent Shoei Ohtani.
One trade that smells real could involve the Los Angeles Dodgers, who might be in first place in the National League West but, according to ESPN, they’re also one of the most needy teams heading into the trade deadline.
One name to watch is Nolan Arenado, the Cardinals third baseman who is owed a very reasonable $94 million over the next three years. The Dodgers have long been enamored of Arenado, 32, and they see third base as a need they’ll have to address in the offseason given their present makeup.
The Dodgers have the type of young talent – particularly pitching – to sway teams in a situation like this. Arenado has a full no-trade clause, but he grew up in Southern California and the expectation is that he would waive it for a team like the Dodgers.