1. Los Angeles Dodgers
Yes, back to where it all began in the National League!
Would this one even be a hard sell? They’re without a closer — Blake Treinen is their best in-house option, but he’d leave the eighth inning bare. They won 106 games last season after being beset by injuries, so they’re much closer to championship glory than the Yankees are.
Hell, I’d accept a trade to the Dodgers if you floated the opportunity in front of me.
Andrew Friedman likely doesn’t want to pay either big money or major assets in exchange for a closer after getting lucky and shedding the Kenley Jansen deal, but this is just one season. The Yankees won’t be asking for any earth-shattering prospects, and perhaps the two sides can even come to a revenue-sharing proposal like the one the Red Sox worked out for David Price.
For too long, Los Angeles has bailed Boston out of bad decision after bad decision, from Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to Manny Ramirez to Price in the Betts deal. Once — just once — can the Dodgers use their massive coffers for good instead of evil?
Trust us, LA. Chapman won’t be as bad as you think he’ll be. Hell, he might even save a massive game or two in May.
And when the weather’s warm, he could accidentally be effective all summer long. Just don’t, uh, play any East Coast teams in the World Series.
Or West Coast teams. Or Central clubs. Just … don’t make it that far, maybe.