The Winter Meetings begin today, and the Dodgers should be a popular team as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has reported that they are shopping their young shortstop Dee Gordon.
Gordon, 24, had a great rookie campaign in 2011, hitting .304 and stealing 24 bases in just 56 games. But he experienced a bit of a sophomore slump last season, watching his average dip to .228, though he still stole 32 bases in 87 games before a thumb injury ended his season. And with last season’s Hanley Ramirez acquisition, the young shortstop is a trade chip.
The availability of a young player like Gordon could change the shortstop market a bit, where the Rays, Athletics, Tigers, and Diamondbacks are all in search of infield help and the only notable free agent out there is Stephen Drew.
It’s unclear yet at this point what the Dodgers are seeking in a trade return, but as we learned last season, just about anything is possible with the Dodgers.