The Dodgers have acquired infielder Jedd Gyorko from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani, minor league right-hander Jeffry Abreu, and cash.
The Dodgers have acquired infielder Jedd Gyorko, international cap space and cash considerations from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for LHP Tony Cingrani and RHP Jeffry Abreu.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 31, 2019
Moreover, Los Angeles will also pick up international cap space from the Cardinals in the transaction.
Gyorko, 30, holds a career slash line of .246/.310/.424, but he’s been much worse than that in 2019. He’s posted just a 56 wRC+ this season, but had a 110 wRC+ as recently as 2018.
He is currently on the 60-day IL with a back injury and is eligible to come off next week, per JP Hoornstra.
Gyorko opened on the year on IL with a calf strain. He's currently getting over a low back strain.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) July 31, 2019
Tony Cingrani heading back to the Cardinals is somewhat of a surprise as he has not thrown a big league pitch in 2019, and recently underwent shoulder surgery. When healthy, Cingrani was able to post a 3.86 ERA in 52 games with the Dodgers between 2017 and 2018.
Abreu is a 19 year-old prospect out of the Dominican Republic. In 17 career games as a professional, he’s accumulated a 2-2 record with a 4.30 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched.
Gyorko most likely will replace new addition Kristopher Negron on the major league roster. This obviously is not a needle moving type of transaction and is one that would typically take place at the August deadline. If anything, Gyorko provides insurance.