Juan Soto and Pablo Lopez become Dodgers top trading targets

As the clock ticks to Tuesday noon MLB Trade Deadlinethere are two likely paths ahead Dodgers.

Make a successful transaction Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto.

Or bolster your pitching team by adding a right-handed starter from the Miami Marlins. Pablo Lopez According to several people familiar with the situation, he is becoming a legitimate target for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers’ interest in Soto has been evident for weeks, ever since the 23-year-old outfielder turned down a 14-year, $440 million contract extension from the Nationals last month and was put up for sale by the club.

The Dodgers are reportedly one of the top three draws in Soto, along with the San Diego Padres and St. Louis. Louis Cardinals.

Acquiring a two-time 2020 All-Star and National League champion could come at an unprecedented cost. The Nationals asked for as many as six promising players as well as young, productive MLB players.

For the Dodgers, such a package may include a trap. Diego Cartaya, their top prospect and one of the most famous minor leaguers in the sport; young pitchers in the form of Bobby Miller and Ryan Pepiot; up-and-coming strikers like Miguel Vargas, Michael Bush or Andy Pages; and maybe even a second baseman Gavin Lux or jug Dustin May outside of the major leagues.

However, in recent days there has been growing optimism among some members of the Dodgers organization about getting Soto as other league rivals such as the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners appear to have dropped out of the race.

However, there’s a chance Soto could end up with the Cardinals or Padres, each with their own impressive assets to offer, or stay with the Nationals if the team doesn’t get an offer it deems strong enough for the generation’s talent that will be controlled by the team for two seasons after this year.

If the Dodgers don’t get Soto, they could switch to Lopez, who is one of the best remaining pitchers still potentially available at the deadline.

Miami Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez plays against the New York Mets on Sunday.

Miami Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez plays against the New York Mets on Sunday.

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A 26-year-old right-hander with a 3.41 ERA in 21 starts this season, Lopez has recently been at the center of discussions between the Dodgers and Marlins. Veteran Marlins pitcher Anthony Bass was also mentioned in the talks between the teams.

Lopez, another player who controlled the team for two seasons after this year, will come at a heavy cost.

The controlled kickoff market skyrocketed after the huge catches the Cincinnati Reds made from trading. Luis Castillo with the Seattle Mariners on Friday, and the Oakland Athletics received the New York Yankees from Frankie Montas on Monday.

But the addition of Lopez could help shore up a faltering Dodger pitching lineup that leads the ERA team but still doesn’t know exactly what to expect from injured pitchers like Walker Buhler, May and Blake Trainen.

It’s doubtful that the Dodgers will be able to acquire both Soto and Lopez, as both teams are likely to want to get a few Dodgers prospects.

There are other alternatives the Dodgers could explore before Tuesday’s 3:00 pm PDT deadline, with Chicago Cubs’ Ian Hupp and Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez the most notable of several other hitters that could be acquired at lower price.

“I think we have learned to manage [the deadline rumors]about the noise,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ahead of Monday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. “It’s just sort of, at least you know now, after tomorrow, the guys in the organization that you’re going to have, and then you move forward with those guys.”

Who exactly the Dodgers might add is still unclear.

But on the eve of the next trading deadline, they again started looking for the biggest names in the market.