3 Most Likely Trade Targets for the Los Angeles Dodgers

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 08: Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on May 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians won 5-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline approaching, trade talks around the league are heating up.

The Dodgers lead the National League with a 45-23 record. While everything seems to be going right for the team, there is always room to improve and they are typically active around the July deadline. In this list, we will look at three possible trade targets for the Dodgers.

1. Whit Merrifield, 2B

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 2: Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals flips his bat after striking out against the Texas Rangers during the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 2, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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It is clear the Kansas City Royals are looking to sell and rebuild, and they are open to offers. Merrifield would give the Dodgers a leadoff hitter against left-handed pitching and possibly an upgrade at second base. His salary averages a little over $4 million per year with a club option in 2023. Merrifield is batting .294 this season with seven home runs.

2. Brad Hand, RP

BOSTON, MA - MAY 29: Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians throws in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox  at Fenway Park on May 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Getty Images | Jim Rogash

The left-handed pitcher is one of the better relievers in baseball, with a 0.98 ERA and 40 strikeouts in four appearances this season. While he no doubt would be a boost to this Dodgers team, his contract counts nearly $6.9 million towards the luxury cap. This would be a large commitment for the team, but one they may find worthwhile later in the season. Trading a top-notch closer is always tough, but it will allow the Indians to stock up on young talent.

3. Will Smith, RP

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants earns a save pitching in the ninth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Getty Images | Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Smith is another left-handed reliever the Dodgers should look at. The 29 year old has been terrific against left-handed batters this season, giving up just a .148/.188/.295 (AVG/OBP/SLG) slash line. Smith also makes $4.23 million, with his contract up at the end of the season. With the Giants sitting at just 26-38, they may become major sellers around the deadline, though trading to the Dodgers might not be something they're interested in.

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