It has now been two weeks since the MLB Trade Deadline passed. While the Dodgers didn’t make a flashy move in July, they did make a few deals to strengthen their roster and add depth. Let’s take a look at how the early return has been on each deal.
- 7/12: Los Angeles Dodgers traded LHP Adam McCreery and C Josh Thole to Los Angeles Angels for cash
- 7/25: Houston Astros traded 1B Tyler White to Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Andre Scrubb
- 7/29: Seattle Mariners traded 2B Kristopher Negron to Los Angeles Dodgers for SS Daniel Castro
- 7/31: Tampa Bay Rays traded LHP Adam Kolarek to Los Angeles Dodgers for RF Niko Hulsizer
- 7/31: Los Angeles Dodgers traded C Rocky Gale to Tampa Bay Rays
- 7/31: St. Louis Cardinals traded 3B Jedd Gyorko, cash and Future Considerations to Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Tony Cingrani and RHPJeffry Abreu
*The trade of McCreery and Thole to the Angels and Gale to the Rays didn’t provide any return to analyze so they will not be included in this article.
Tyler White was acquired to be depth behind David Freese, who went on the injured list to make room for White. So far, he has really struggled in his short time in Los Angeles. In 26 plate appearances, he has one hit, which gives him a .045/.192/.045 line. Since White has shown talent in the past, the Dodgers will likely try to keep him around as depth for next season.
Kristopher Negron was acquired as shortstop depth when Kiké Hernández went on the injured list. There wasn’t much expected from him but “Negron James” has been a pleasant surprise. In 34 plate appearances, he has hit .276/.311/.379 with two home runs. He’s still a long shot to make the playoff roster but he has proven to be a valuable bench piece for the team.
The trade for Adam Kolarek was disappointing but filled the one true need on the roster as a lefty specialist. So far, in an extremely limited sample, the results have been less than impressive. He has faced 5 batters and 3 have reached base. Judging any reliever on such a small sample is mostly pointless and he has been dominant against lefties this season. There is still a strong chance he makes the postseason roster.
The acquisition of Jedd Gyorko came from out of left field. He has yet to play a game with the Dodgers since he has been on the injured list and just started his rehab assignment. When he returns, he will provide some injury insurance down the stretch since he has a strong track record of hitting left-handers and the cost for him was next to nothing. If Freese isn’t healthy for the playoffs, Gyorko will have a good chance to make the team.