The LA Angels saw the Dodgers almost win a World Series. However, it is how they almost won it that the Angels should take notice of.
The Angels saw key role players keep the Dodgers’ dreams alive.
Charlie Culberson, Chris Taylor, and Kike Hernandez are not everyday starters for the Dodgers. However, all three were big time players in the playoff run last year.
All three are also more than capable middle infielders. See where I’m going with this?
With Corey Seager at shortstop, these guys are not going to be playing everyday. They are dispensable for the Dodgers, but could become great role players for the Angels.
While the Dodgers would surely part with any of the three at the right price, they may be hesitant to break up a team that went seven games in the World Series.
If not for the one managerial mistake of starting Yu Darvish over Clayton Kershaw in Game 7, the Dodgers may have had a parade of their own.
The Halos should heavily consider trading for one of these players. Given their weak farm system, Hernandez and Taylor may be out of reach.
However, Charlie Culberson sat in Triple-A all season until the playoffs, where he filled in remarkably for an injured Corey Seager.
In the postseason, Culberson went 8-16 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and two RBI’s. While it is an extremely small sample size, Culberson also hit .250 with a .299 on-base percentage in Triple-A this year.
While his stats aren’t mind-blowing, Culberson would also bring great defense at second base as he has played shortstop for the majority of his career.
And in comparison to what the Halos had this season, Culberson would be a great value addition to the team.
His contract is minimal as well, which would allow the Halos to go all-in on their pursuits of Mike Moustakas and veteran first basemen.
Culberson is already used to playing in Southern California, and delivered on the biggest stage in baseball, so why not give the Dodgers a call and bring him to Anaheim?