The good news: The Dodgers made a trade for a pitcher!
The actual news: The Dodgers traded for a left-handed pitcher no one really knows about.
I won’t call it “bad” news as acquiring talent is never a bad thing; it’s just not the kind of move that will move the needle among fans.
Here’s the announcement, via the Dodgers’ official Twitter account:
Dodgers acquire LHP Tyler Olson from @Mariners for cash or a player to be named later, and designate RHP Daniel Reynolds for assignment.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 18, 2015
As of right now, the news is that the Dodgers continue to bring over young pitchers to (hopefully) make a larger deal in the near future. No, Tyler Olson will not shift the balance in the NL West, but Tyler Olson attached to a couple other prospects to grab quality starting pitcher might.
As we’ve said all offseason, the moves the Dodgers continue to make to have been with flexibility in mind. Olson is another step in that direction.