The Dodgers had a pretty busy week on the market. They signed Freddie Freeman to a massive deal, landed a few pitchers via free agency, and made some trades. With the lockout just recently ending, Andrew Friedman had to get to work very quickly in order to get this roster where they need it.
They added to that on Friday, surprising many with a trade on Friday afternoon. The Dodgers have dealt outfielder Luke Raley to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a minor league reliever. Raley had been with the organization a few times, going to the Twins at one point via trade and then returning in the Brusdar Graterol deal.
Raley made his big league debut for the Dodgers during the 2022 season. He slashed .182/.250/.288 across his 72 appearances after being forced into action. Injuries plagued the team for most of the year, and Raley was needed to fill space.
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In return, the Dodgers received reliever Tanner Dodson. He was the 71st overall pick by the Rays during the 2018 draft and has actually spent some time in the outfield at the minor league level. Scouts do mostly agree that he will land as a pitcher long-term though, with many questions surrounding his offensive prowess.
The move also frees up room on the Dodgers 40-man roster, which they needed after this week. Signing Freddie Freeman, Danny Duffy, Jimmy Nelson, and Tyler Anderson made it so that they needed to clear some space, and likely will still need to.