With the status of Joc Pederson in limbo, the Cleveland Indians should contact the Los Angeles Dodgers about a potential trade.
The Mookie Betts to Los Angeles deal is currently in purgatory and whether or not it actually gets completed is a total mystery. If the deal does fall apart the Cleveland Indians should make a call. Not to the Red Sox, but to the Dodgers about Joc Pederson.
Pederson is part of a secondary deal that has the outfielder going to the Angels. Cleveland has a clear need for an outfielder and inquiring about Pederson would be wise. The Dodgers seem willing to part ways with the soon to be a 28-year-old outfielder.
Joc Pederson is a player who performs much better against right-handed pitching than left-handed pitching. Pederson is the perfect platoon candidate with another outfielder on the Indians roster who struggles against same-handed pitching, Jordan Luplow. A Pederson-Luplow platoon in the outfield is an intriguing proposition. Cleveland could play the lefty-righty game with one outfield spot. This would allow the team to evaluate their other options for the final outfield spot and DH position.
Joc Pederson is due to become a free agent after the season and is just the type of player the Indians have targeted via trade in the past. The Tribe can take a chance on the one-year of Pederson and hope he elevates the roster and propels the team to and through the playoffs.