Dodgers Acquire Jedd Gyorko from St. Louis Cardinals

Gyorko can play every position on the infield and provides a right-handed bat.

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.

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.

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.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


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  1. Gyorko and Adam Koarek!? Really?? The trade deadline turned into the trade dudline for the Dodgers. They can’t really think they can win it all with basically the same bullpen, except a year older, as lat year. Very disappointing!!

  2. Wait ’till next year! This year our club is apparently going for the Best Farm Club in baseball title.

  3. Negron and Gyorko! Must be the new bullpen pieces we needed. Live and die by mister excitement, Jansen. Are you kidding me.

  4. I would not like to see any of the farm players that could move the needle, go. Not Ruiz, not Lux. These are Dodgers of the future. Yeah, that may cost us another WS, but in 2020, they will look like the 1927 New York Yankees, with all 8 in the lineup capable of hitting a HR at any time. The free agent market will provide the necessary starter or two and a reliever or two, and the WS is theirs. Not worried, they are still fun to watch.

    • Bobby Watt, that’s your battle cry wait until 2020? JT, Kershaw and Jansen will be a year older (if we’re lucky Jansen will be giving up homers for someone else). Ryu and blister boy (Rich Hill) will be gone. Seager will be in his last year of control. Can you see where I’m going? The window is open now but the FO just closed it. Atlanta and the Cubs improved in the NL and Houston pushed all their chips in. The Dodgers stood pat with aces and eights. Does it bring me joy to say this? No! I’m Dodger through and through. I used to attend Tommy’s Linguine and Baseball at Trani’s in San Pedro and my mother babysat JT. I’m just being realistic.

  5. I think Friedman made a big mistake by not giving up Lux and May for Vasquez. Doesn’t matter how good their offense is, without a reliable bullpen, it’s just going to be a repeat of the last two WS. The Astros parted with a lot to get Greinke, because they know that could well put them over the top. What a challenge that will be for opposing teams to face Verlander, Cole, and Greinke in the playoffs.

  6. It’s impossible to have everyone play at/near peak form every year. Guys decline, people get injured, etc. So you can either 1) Decide to keep a stream of prospects coming up so some of your players are near peak every year while others play poorly (like our bullpen) making you good enough to make the playoffs every year but never enough to get over the top, or you 2) Trade one or two of those prospects so you get over the top one year but then are worse for a couple of seasons until you are in a position to do it again. I guess our method is to try to be more like the 90’s Braves than the 2000’s Red Sox. How many times have the Red Sox come oh-so-close to winning the W.S. only to fall short this century? Oh, yeah. none.

  7. Can’t wait to see Gyorko coming in to pitch in the 8th inning. Oh wait, he isn’t a relief pitcher. Houston’s got to be the odds favorite now.

  8. It’s all been said above. I would like to add something Shakespeare wrote and apply it to Freidman

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