Back when there were no charges field against star closer Aroldis Chapman, our own Anthony Irwin wrote that the lack of charges ultimately didn’t change anything as far as the Los Angeles Dodgers were concerned. He was right.

Recently, as in today, Bleacher Report featured columnist Rick Weiner listed the Dodgers passing up on a Chapman trade was the “number two mistake” of the offseason so far.


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Here’s an excerpt from Weiner:

But from a baseball perspective—and only from a baseball perspective—it was a huge mistake.

If you’re going to look at it only from a baseball perspective, then, sure, it seems like a mistake. However, you can’t just look at this from a simple baseball perspective. There’s levels to it.

Weiner continued:

With the pressure on Los Angeles to deliver a championship—and division foes Arizona and San Francisco having made significant improvements—not making this move could prove to be far more costly for the Dodgers than the public relations mess it may have caused.

It’s hard to agree with this. Yes, there’s pressure on the Dodgers to deliver a championship. But it’s not as if the Chapman move alone would have swung the title pendulum even further to their side. And it’s hard to agree that the “public relations mess”, as he called it, is less costly than not making the move.

When you factor in the mess that this would have created, perhaps not making the move was the right call. The team is already going through a similar situation with Yasiel Puig, although not nearly to the same extent as Chapman’s incident, and another log thrown on the fire is never a good thing in this instance.

Maybe the Dodgers could have survived the brand blow a Chapman trade would have caused, but maybe not. You never know until it happens. As it happened, though, the team opted to not go through with the trade, and there’s little to suggest it was a mistake.

Looking at it from just a baseball perspective ignores the fact that this wasn’t just about the baseball perspective. Other issues were at play. And the team wanted to avoid the other issues.

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Justin Russo is a 30-year old sports enthusiast who dabbles in all forms of sports talk. Whether that talk revolves around the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB, or other leagues, he has an opinion. He works as a writer for Warriors World, and was formerly a writer and editor for ClipsNation on the SB Nation network. He also is the Editor-in-chief for But The Game Is On: The Beat.

6 Responses

  1. MScottEiland

    I remember the Milton Bradley years with the Dodgers, and want no similar problem players of that sort in the future.  People have been reacting ridiculously enough to Puig’s quirks–even the most charitable assumptions regarding Chapman’s behavior (no actual abuse of his significant other, “just” firing his gun once indoors) is enough for me to be just fine with taking a pass on him.  Let the Yankees deal with the new supply of crazy.

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  2. yarritsblake

    MScottEiland Agree, I think Dodgers have had their fill with off-field head cases like the Milton Bradley’s of this world.  Puig, for all the drama surrounding him, is actually a pretty level headed guy off-field.  All things considered for literally a KID, coming from nothing, to everything and freedom in America, he’s kept his head pretty well.  On-field people give him grief for either being too “wild horse” like, or a lackadaisical sloth with bad work ethic.  He’s pretty much damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t on-field.  People will hate him regardless of what he does.

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  3. LoriCole

    he was the fix for there bullpin and they let someone else get,when they had him , this guy is close to unhitable as there is and they let him go. how many times did they blow the lead in the late innings.??????? bad move!!!!!!!!!

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