We are coming up to the Trade Deadline and the thoughts run the gamut of:
- Dodgers do not need to do anything (this is Doc’s position)
- Dodgers do not need to trade the farm for a superstar (Soto or Ohtani)
- Dodgers do need to trade multiple top prospects for a superstar (Soto or Ohtani)
- Dodgers need top of the rotation pitching (Castillo, Montas, Lopez, Skubal, Bieber)
- Dodgers need lower tier starting pitching (Perez, Mahle, Quintana, Syndergaard, Plesac)
- Dodgers need an extra bat (Drury, JDM, Happ)
- Dodgers need high leverage relievers (Iglesias, Robertson, Lopez, Barlow, Soto, Bednar, Finnegan, Bard…)
- Dodgers need setup relievers (Chafin, Fulmer, Mantiply, Bass, Schreiber, Jimenez…)
Of course there is a cost to all of this, and I for one trust AF to know which of LAD’s prospects can be leveraged, and which should be retained. There is also the knowledge that certain MiLB players have minimal value to the receiving team.
And yet there are some deadline deals that the team dealing the prospects will trade several lottery picks. Maybe one of those lottery picks will pan out. The Dodgers actually have made that trade at least once, and maybe more than once.
Let’s review the prior year LAD deadline trades and let me know if you think the Dodgers made a mistake.
2015 – Two Trades
- Three team trade between Dodgers, Atlanta, and Miami
- Dodgers get – Alex Wood, Mat Latos. Michael Morse, Luis Avilan, Bronson Arroyo, Jim Johnson, and Jose Peraza.
- Dodgers lose – Hector Olivera, Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo, Paco Rodriguez, Zach Bird, and Kevin Guzman
- Dodgers minor trade with Pittsburgh
- Dodgers get – Jose Tabata
- Dodgers lose – Michael Morse
2016 – Three Trades
- Trade with Houston
- Dodgers get – RHRP Josh Fields
- Dodgers lose – MiLB 1B Yordan Alvarez
- Trade with Toronto
- Dodgers get – RHRP Jesse Chavez
- Dodgers lose – RHP Mike Bolsinger
- Trade with Oakland
- Dodgers get – LHSP Rich Hill and OF Josh Reddick
- Dodgers lose – RHSP Frankie Montas, RHSP Jharel Cotton, and RHSP Grant Holmes (all MiLB).
2017 – Three Trades
- Trade with Texas
- Dodgers get – RHSP Yu Darvish
- Dodgers lose – 2B/OF Willie Calhoun, RHP A.J. Alexy, SS Brendon Davis (all MiLB)
- Trade with Cincinnati
- Dodgers get – LHRP Tony Cingrani
- Dodgers lose – OF Scott Van Slyke, C Henrik Clementina (MiLB)
- Trade with Pittsburgh
- Dodgers get – LHRP Tony Watson
- Dodgers lose – RHP Angel German, SS Oneil Cruz (both MiLB)
2018 – Two Trades
- Trade with Baltimore
- Dodgers get – SS Manny Machado
- Dodgers lose – OF Yusniel Diaz, 2B/SS Breyvic Valera, RHSP Dean Kremer, 2B/3B Rylan Bannon, RHRP Zach Pop
- Trade with Minnesota
- Dodgers get – 2B Brian Dozier
- Dodgers lose – 2B Logan Forsythe, LHP Devin Smeltzer, OF Luke Raley
2019 – Three Trades
- Trade with Houston
- Dodgers get – 1B Tyler White
- Dodgers lose – RHRP Andre Scrubb (MiLB)
- Trade with St. Louis
- Dodgers get – INF Jedd Gyorko
- Dodgers lose – LHRP Tony Cingrani, RHP Jeffry Abreu (MiLB)
- Trade with Tampa Bay
- Dodgers get – LHRP Adam Kolarek
- Dodgers lose – OF Niko Hulsizer (MiLB)
2020 – One Trade
- Trade with Toronto
- Dodgers get – RHP Kendall Williams (MiLB)
- Dodgers lose – RHP – Ross Stripling
2021 – Three Trades
- Trade with Washington
- Dodgers get – RHSP Max Scherzer, SS Trea Turner
- Dodgers lose – C Keibert Ruiz, RHSP Josiah Gray, RHP Gerardo Carrillo, OF Donovan Casey
- Trade with Kansas City
- Dodgers get – RHP Danny Duffy
- Dodgers lose – Cash
- Trade with NYM
- Dodgers get – OF Billy McKinney
- Dodgers lose – OF Carlos Rincón
I am sure some will point to the Josh Fields and Yordan Alvarez trade and say that was a miss. In hindsight, absolutely. But nobody even knew who Alvarez was when the trade went down. Contrary to the Josh Fields haters, Fields did not pitch poorly in his 3+ years for LAD:
124 games, 117.1 IP, 2.61 ERA, 1.040 WHIP, 115 K, 34 BB, ERA + 155
His one bad mark was the number of HRs (16). That was 1.2 per 9.0 IP. I think the current team would take Josh’s numbers. Evan Phillips, Yency Almonte, and Caleb Ferguson are the only relievers with better ERA.
There is not one of those trades that I find fault with.
Let’s look at another trade that AF engineered that involved a star for MiLB players. Before 2020 season, trade with Boston Red Sox.
Dodgers get – Mookie Betts, David Price and $16MM per year for three years.
Dodgers lose – OF Alex Verdugo, SS Jeter Downs (MiLB), and C Connor Wong.
Does anyone want to consider this a mistake?
So while AF will tell everyone that the talent the Dodgers have traded is significant, only Yordan Alvarez has turned out to be an All Star. Regardless as to what Stan Kasten may say, I will trust AF to determine which of the prospects will be traded if the return puts the Dodgers in a position to win it all in 2022.