The Los Angeles Dodgers’ best chance to land No. 1 prospect Austin Meadows is now off the table, as the team looks to add another outfielder before it officially trades him.ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported on Thursday that the Dodgers will not pursue the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Meadows, who is in the final year of his contract with the San Diego Padres.
Los Angeles is set to take on the Texas Rangers on Saturday in the World Series.
The Dodgers are set to acquire Meadows as part of a three-team trade involving the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
The Los Angeles Daily News reported on Monday that Meadows has been a target of several clubs, including the San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Rays.ESPN’s Buster Stearns reported in late August that the Giants had reached an agreement with Meadows on a one-year, $2.75 million deal.
That deal included a $500,000 buyout.
Stearns also reported in the same piece that the Marlins had reached a deal with Meadows.ESPN Los Angeles’ Jon Heyman reported in February that the Los Angeles Angels had reached out to Meadows, but he has yet to sign.ESPN Insider Buster Olneys reported on Wednesday that the Angels had agreed to terms with Meadows, though no deal was signed.
Olney added on Thursday:The Angels have also shown interest in Texas third baseman Jose Altuve, as well as free-agent outfielder Andrew Benintendi.