To the surprise of many, the Los Angeles Dodgers were quiet on the final day non-waiver trades could be completed. Not only did the Dodgers not acquire any of the front line pitchers they were thought to be in contention for, they didn’t so much as add a bench player.
Three days prior to the deadline, the Dodgers acquired Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs in what wound up being their only deal. It wasn’t the splashy move many anticipated from the Dodgers, who opted to hold onto their top prospects — Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias.
While some were upset with the team’s lack of activity, Zack Greinke lauded the Dodgers for sticking to their plan, via ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
I’m sure we were trying to do stuff, but you just can’t be stupid about things. It seemed this year people were giving up a lot more than they usually do for a proven talent, compared to last year or the year before. It seemed like you could give up your eighth-best prospect for a pretty good player, where this year it seemed like that same player would be getting like the third-best prospect. I know we don’t want to give up one of our top three guys, and I think that’s pretty smart. Those guys look pretty good.”
Greinke of course is no stranger when it comes to personnel within the Dodgers organization. Prior to signing with the team he applauded general manager Ned Colletti’s drafting of Seager. As for some of the trades that were made, Greinke believes the Milwaukee Brewers will benefit from trading for Gerrardo Parra:
“If you’re talking about who got better this year, it seems like the Cardinals did some pretty good stuff just for this season and the Yankees did, too, over the course of the last month. I like the Brewers’ move a lot, getting Gerardo Parra. It’s a small move, but they’ve been kind of short on left-handed hitting and to get a lefty that hits right-handed pitchers well could prove valuable for their team.”
The Dodgers decision to stand pat at the deadline took another hit Friday as Dan Haren’s struggles continued and Paul Maholm may have been lost to injury. During his night of relief, Maholm appeared to injure his knee while covering first base. The left-hander was set to undergo an MRI following the loss.
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