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Dodgers Acquire Two Relief Options From Cincinatti



The Dodgers and Reds swung a deal on the fourth of July, satisfying needs on each end of the deal. Los Angeles has long been rumored to be on the market for relief help, among other things. They have also been rumored to be involved with Manny Machado and the Orioles.

The Dodgers were originally to be rumored to be in the running for a few of Miami relievers. It’s unclear whether or not this trade changes anything.

Los Angeles has already experienced quite a few injuries with their pitching staff. Injuries to starters has nearly emptied out the bullpen, and Dave Roberts has had to rely on unproven guys. Caleb Ferguson, Daniel Hudson, and Edward Paredes are all guys that were not expected to play this big of a role.

Dylan Floro will likely slot immediately into the bullpen upon arrival. He has pitched to a 2.72 earned run average across 25 appearances. He has pitched in 36.1 innings of work over those appearances, and profiles much like Scott Alexander. He has a groundball rate that exceeds 56 percent in 2018.

Los Angeles also received Zach Neal, who will head to AAA. He will be a viable relief option moving forward, should an injury occur. Neal was already a Dodgers before heading to the Reds in a deal back in April.

Analysis

The Dodgers did not have to give up much in exchange for a deeper bullpen. They sent Cincinnati two pitching prospects that are fairly low ranked. One prospect, Aneurys Zabala was ranked as the Dodgers 21st overall prospect by MLB.com.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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