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2018 Dodger Player Reviews: Breyvic Valera

Breyvic Valera
Apr 15, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Breyvic Valera draws a walk for his first major league at bat in the ninth inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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”).

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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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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