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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

With the hirings of Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations and general manager Farhan Zaidi, the Los Angeles Dodgers added two of the more forward-thinking executives to lead their front office.

With both coming from smaller markets accustomed to utilizing and relying on sabermetrics, Friedman and Zaidi said they would rely on all information and refuted the notion that their decisions would solely be tied advanced stats. With only minor trades completed, it was difficult to judge whether that would be case — until the final days of the Winter Meetings.

In a flurry of activity, the Dodgers traded Dan Haren and Dee Gordon, and have a deal in place to send Tim Federowicz and Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres. In the expected Kemp trade, the Dodgers will receive Yasmani Grandal and two pitching prospects.

Grandal presumably will be used in a tandem with Ellis, which Zaidi is a proponent of, and he excels in pitch framing — something Friedman valued during his time with the Tampa Bay Rays.

However, there are concerns with the 26-year-old catcher. Namely his right knee that underwent surgery in 2013 to repair a torn ACL. According to Pedro Moura of the OC Register, a scout believes Grandal’s knee surgery is a concern and has affected him:

The knee is the major question,” the scout said. “The surgery is affecting him on defense. I saw him throw pretty good, but I do think his mobility behind the plate was hampered.

The scout also added he believes Grandal is capable of recapturing the form he once showed:

I don’t think he’s a slam-dunk first-division catcher right now, but I see the possibility to get back close to as much potential as he showed before. A left-handed hitting catcher with power as a backup is great, and that’s the worst-case scenario, but I think they’re expecting more.

Grandal hit 15 home runs and finished the season with 49 RBIs in 128 games played last season, which were all career-highs. While the Dodgers will need him to help supplement the power that’s been lost in Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, Grandal may benefit and avoid breaking down due to being part of a platoon.

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10 Responses

  1. Michael N. Norris

    Figures…we get two guys we trade away and a damaged C…..fucking perfect

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    • Robert J. Carmack

      apparently the dodgers now in the biz of rewarding players that over-come injuries and production issues by sending them away.

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      • Kill Your Family

        What are you, his fucking cousin or something? This guy was a cancer in the goddamn clubhouse…..are you so stupid you cant understand what TEAM CHEMISTRY means? Fuck Kemp and fuck you too. I hate you motherfuckers.

      • magikwyrkz4u

        Boy what a potty mouth you have. You must have been born in a barn by a whore who left you to suckle on a pig. You certainly are not a real man in every sense of the word and wonder if you suffer from small man syndrome and some outrageous jealousy of those who are obviously more successful than you obviously are. You slander people you know nothing about. But you have made it quite clear where you have come from just by your words alone. Go back to your pigpen and let the real adults take about the merits of this trade.

  2. Kill Your Family

    I don’t believe any of this crap. The guy has been examined poked and prodded for weeks now leading up to this trade. He is a young guy. He hit more homers the year AFTER the surgery. Who hires scouts this inept? I don’t even think the “platoon” will last. Our long term catcher is here, folks. Grandal.

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  3. Kill Your Family

    And Kemp, the egomaniac, underachiever is gone for a reason. I’m sure he can still date Hollywood whores from down the 5 freeway. I’m sure his gay ass stylists will accompany him to SD. Good riddance to that clown. My guess is he’ll be back on the DL before May.

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      • Robert J. Carmack

        why is this guy even on a sports page , a obvious prejudiced a-hole

      • Kill Your Family

        Clearly you are a bitch. Fuck Kemp and fuck you too. If you need your fix of light skinned arrogant clowns, go buy a Lenny Kravitz record or better yet, watch C SPAN for Obama.

  4. TheZuluNation

    If he has health issues why would they trade for him? Doesn’t sound too credible.

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