The MLB trade deadline came and went as the Dodgers were busy winning their MLB-best 71st game of the season. While the club added complementary pieces at best with the trades for infielder Jedd Gyorko from the Cardinals, and left-handed pitcher Adam Kolarek from the Rays, it still fell short of expectations.
After the game, Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman shared his thoughts on how the deadline went down for Los Angeles.
Andrew Friedman said the Dodgers made a number of offers for impact players "that were definitely under water from a value standpoint.” He pointed to the fact that none were ultimately traded as evidence of teams’ high asking prices on those players.
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Friedman says the team made offers on impact players, but the asking prices in baseball were just too high at this deadline.
I think throughout the last 3 or 4 days, the confidence on lining up on something was kind of a roller coaster ride, but ultimately the small list of guys we really targeted and spent a lot of time and energy on were guys that ultimately didn’t move.
With 16 teams within 3.5 games of a playoff berth, the deadline just seemed to come at the wrong time in the season (which, of course, is the same time as every season). Too many teams were unsure what to do with their assets.
Moreover, With names like Vazquez, Greene, Diaz, and others linked to the Dodgers for the last few weeks, the clubhouse reportedly never grew concerned about whether they would add someone to their ranks or not.
As Dodgers Nation shared today, manager Dave Roberts is keenly aware of the nature of the trade deadline over his career. He understands what it takes for a player to keep his head down and compete through the noise.
While the Cubs (Nick Castellanos) and Astros (Zack Greinke) did their part to get better equipped for a World Series run, the Dodgers will instead rest on their prospects, and acquisition of Kolarek to bolster its bullpen heading into October.