The Los Angeles Dodgers made a splashy move when they acquired Rich Hill and Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s in exchange for three top pitching prospects. Their next move was more of the garden variety type.
The team swapped pitchers with the Toronto Blue Jays, sending them Mike Bolsinger and in turn received Jesse Chavez. This move won’t make many headlines as it is merely an exchange of two lower level pitchers.
Fans of the Dodgers will most remember Bolsinger for his surprisingly solid play last season, wherein in he put up a 7-10 record with a 4.27 ERA in 27 starts. The numbers don’t jump off the page, but fans know that he was a valuable cog in the rotation, filling in wherever he was needed.
This season however, Bolsinger didn’t enjoy much success at all.
In 6 starts in the bigs, he was 1-4 with a ghastly 6.83 ERA, therefore he’s spent most of his time in the minors. So saying goodbye won’t be altogether too difficult for Dodgers fans.
Chavez hasn’t exactly turned many heads either up to this point in his career and especially this season. For the Blue Jays this year, Chavez is 1-2 with an ERA of 4.57 in 41.1 innings pitched.
He has bounced between being a starter and a reliever throughout most of his career and found the most success in 2014 with the Oakland A’s where he was 8-8 with a 3.45 ERA.
Chavez is a native of San Gabriel so pitching for the Dodgers in the big league should be a thrill for the L.A. product. Obviously this trade is nowhere as high profile as the one with the A’s, but Chavez has shown the occasional flash of brilliance in his career up to this point so he may be able to provide some major league value.
At the very end of the deadline, the Dodgers also made a very minor trade with the Houston Astros. The Dodgers received right-handed reliever Josh Fields in exchange for minor league first baseman Yordan Alvarez.
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While this deadline wasn’t as eventful as some had hoped for the Dodgers, the team still got good players and is in a good position for the run to the playoffs.
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