The Dodgers traded minor league arms James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala to the Reds a month before the trade deadline in 2018 to get reliever Dylan Floro, who is obviously still with the team to this day. As part of this deal, the Dodgers also acquired reliever Zach Neal who made one appearance for them, and sent international bonus slot money to the Reds.
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When the Dodgers traded for Dylan Floro, they were in need of impact bullpen talent. Originally, it looked as if Floro was just another bargain bin find by the Friedman and Zaidi brain trust, but he certainly proved he was better than that. With the Dodgers in 2018, Floro tossed 27 2/3 innings, striking out 31 batters on the way to a sparkling 1.63 ERA.
In 2019, the story continued to start the year. Floro tossed an impressive 17 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings to start the year. Since then, he has thrown 6 2/3 innings, allowing 8 earned runs for a 10.80 ERA. He should find that success again, considering that through his first 45 innings with the club, he only allowed 5 earned runs.
The Moving Parts
Let’s take a look at whether or not the trade has turned out to be one that is worthwhile:
Marinan, 20, was the Dodgers’ fourth-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. The Dodgers felt strongly enough about Floro to trade a top-tier selection like Marinan after just one calendar year in the system. Interesting. It appears the Dodgers knew what they had. With the Reds, Marinan has been nothing short of an utter disappointment. Currently pitching in High-A Dayton, an affiliate of the Reds, Marinan has tossed 58 1/3 innings with just 37 strikeouts and some frightening marks of a 5.09 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. Marinan is young enough to be able to turn his career trajectory around, but the early prospects do not look great. At this point in time, it looks like the Dodgers made the right decision in shipping out James Marinan to the Reds.
It is entirely safe to say that this was a GREAT trade for the Dodgers. Even though Floro is struggling right now, he has been arguably the Dodgers best reliever since they acquired him last July. Zabala and Marinan haven’t done anything in the Reds’ system that warrants notation and that is a good thing for the Dodgers.
Although initially a bargain bin find, Floro has established himself as an elite reliever at the major league level, albeit for the good guys in blue.