The trade deadline might have already passed, but that doesn’t mean the Dodgers can’t still do some wheeling and dealing. They did just that on Tuesday afternoon as they snuck in a deal just before September, which has postseason roster implications.
The Dodgers reportedly made a deal with the Twins and traded catcher Stevie Berman to Minnesota. In return, Los Angeles will receive left-handed pitcher Andrew Vasquez just in time for September. Getting him into the organization makes him postseason eligible should they decide to add him to the 40-man roster.
For the moment, Vasquez is not on the Dodgers 40-man roster. He has not pitched in the big leagues since 2019, and that lone outing did not go well for him at all. But in 42 innings with Triple-A St Paul this year, he struck out 68 batters and kept his ERA down to a manageable number.
The Dodgers are going to need some help in the bullpen down the stretch. The plan is likely to get fresh arms in there to give their playoff guys some much-needed rest. They added 2 more arms via waiver claims on Tuesday as well.
And while Vasquez likely won’t make a huge mark on the team, he could help to give some guys a break. That could be huge for the postseason bullpen.