Would the Dodgers trade Will Smith ... for Will Smith? Sources say no.
There is, however, a legitimate chance for the rival Dodgers and Giants to match up on a trade for the first time in more than a decade.
While the fascination of a same-name, different-player trade must wait until another time, sources say Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is genuinely willing to talk trade this month with Giants counterpart Farhan Zaidi -- and vice versa.
Sources say the Dodgers have varying levels of interest in multiple Giants relievers, including the aforementioned Smith, former Dodger Tony Watson, Sam Dyson and Reyes Moronta.
Of course, Friedman and Zaidi are used to communicating daily: They worked together with the Dodgers for four years, until Zaidi departed for a promotion in San Francisco after last year’s World Series.
In that respect, it won’t be a surprise if the former colleagues -- who share similar methods of player evaluation -- can agree on an equitable deal before the July 31 Trade Deadline. Zaidi has comprehensive knowledge of the Dodgers' farm system.
After all, a similar narrative unfolded for the Giants and Dodgers in 2007, when San Francisco sent Mark Sweeney to Los Angeles for Travis Denker (as the player to be named later). The deal occurred less than two years after Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti left his role as an assistant GM under San Francisco GM Brian Sabean.