If you believe Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports, that is indeed the case. According to Ken’s article, the Dodgers might actually pull the trigger on dealing one of the kids for a proven hitter, ala Jason Bay, Magglio Ordonez or Matt Holliday.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and have had a change of heart: I think the Dodgers should consider trading one (1) of their younger players. I would have a bunch of conditions attached, of course, with the first being that Matt Kemp is off the table. The guy is a future All-Star and he wants to be a Dodger. I’d prefer to deal Loney or LaRoche, and could be convinced to move Ethier if the price was right. The problem is the guy making the deals. I simply don’t trust Ned to bring us back someone who isn’t on the downside of their career or a rent-a-player. No, this needs to be a move that helps us win now, but also is piece that allows us to build for the future.
From Dejan Kovacevic (the Pirates’ beat writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette):
If any team offers the Pirates premier prospects for what they feel is fair value, from what I gather, they will not hesitate to move. Who takes over at shortstop or any other position would be secondary. The goal, as they often lay out, is to win a championship, and that only happens with a lot of high-end talent. That is not the current situation.