Yes, I am reviewing Breyvic Valera. Yes, he played baseball for the Dodgers in 2018. I am doing this partly because we could use some content here the day after Christmas, and because at Dodgers Nation, we leave no stone unturned!
I am uniquely qualified to review Valera’s time with the Dodgers as I was at the game where he picked up his first hit as a Dodger.
A reason I remember this is that Clint Evans and I often discuss it as a personal trivia question about myself.
Breyvic Valera came to the Dodgers in a minor trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on April 1, 2018. He made his debut with the club on April 15.
Known as a defensive standout with the glove, his best effort with the bat as a Dodger came on June 2, 2018 where he collected 2 hits and 3 RBI in Colorado.
Above anything else, he will be most remembered as the highlight piece in the Manny Machado trade (often mistakenly called “the Breyvic Valera trade”).
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired four-time All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Rylan Bannon, Yusniel Díaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 19, 2018
After his trade to Baltimore, Valera performed well enough for a rebuilding team, and figures to see a good amount of action for the club over the next few seasons.
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