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Dodgers: Kenta Maeda Traded To Minnesota To Help Acquire Mookie Betts

Without Maeda, all Betts may have been off.



Sometimes in the MLB trade world, there are harsh casualties. In this case, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda came to be one of those who helped the Dodgers land superstar outfielder Mookie Betts.

In specific, Maeda has been traded to the Minnesota Twins. This trade was reported by Ken Rosenthal on twitter later Tuesday evening.

Therefore, what did the Dodgers get in exchange for Maeda? And how did this help in acquiring Betts?

Los Angeles received right-handed pitcher Brusdar Graterol in exchange for Maeda. Of course, Graterol will never appear for the Dodgers in uniform. The reason for this is because he was dealt to Boston as part of the package that puts Betts as a Los Angeles Dodger.

Notably, we all hoped for the Dodgers to get creative. We wanted them to make a splash. In landing Betts and not giving up any prospects like Dustin May or Keibert Ruiz or fill in the blank, this was exactly what Los Angeles had to do.

It goes without saying that the versatile Maeda will be sorely missed by the fan base and clubhouse alike. In his Dodgers career, the right-hander appeared in 137 games (103 starts) with an ERA of 3.87. In today’s baseball world, that is beyond serviceable. Furthermore, he went 2-1 in postseason play in 24 appearances; along with a 3.31 ERA in October.

Certainly Los Angeles is getting an incredible player in Betts. However, Minnesota is getting one tremendous pitcher in Maeda, and that shouldn’t be a footnote in all of this.

NEXT: Dodgers Acquire Mookie Betts, David Price from Boston Red Sox

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    • Maeda was a good player for us. But his role did not make him happy. A change will be good for him. And Price will match his output, maybe exceed it.

  1. I didn’t see any room in the Dodgers pitching ranks for Maeda, not when the rotation wants to see a youth infusion of May, Gonsolin and Urías. Preliminarily, I see the rotation going Buehler,Kershaw, Price as locks for the first three slots, then some serious competition between Wood, May, Gonsolin and Urías for the final two spots. Strip is probably the long man in the pen.

  2. So long Kenta! Thanks for your contributions. Kenta wanted to be a full time starter and he will definitely get the opportunity with the Twins!

  3. I will miss Maeda and Pederson. Both did a great job for the Dodgers and had big moments in the postseason. I wish them luck. The trade for Betts, and even Price at half price was solid. You just have to part ways with some guys in trades.

  4. Maeda and Pederson are both going to good places. The Angels are showing a real commitment to winning. Pederson’s left handed power will nicely complement Trout and Rendon. Maeda will be going to home run central in Minnesota, where pitching is needed to complement a ton of offense. Great moves for both of them. The Dodgers could be meeting either of them in a WS some day.

    • Agreed, Thanks, Kenta Maeda. We will miss you but we are happy for you and hope you do well in the Twin Cities.

  5. The only question for Pederson is where do you play him? Trout is Center, Justin Upton in left, leaving Pederson to battle Brian Goodwin and Michael Hermosillo for playing time in right or as back-ups at the other spot. Roto Champ has him batting eighth for the Angels…seems they don’t see him as a “lead-off” hitter….he’s not. He can also split time with Shoheil Ohtani at DH on days Ohtani pitches.

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