The Los Angeles Dodgers did not acquire any of the aces they were linked to in the days leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline, but they certainly didn’t go quietly into the night. They were part of the largest deal completed this year, a three-team, 13-player trade that involved the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins.
With the acquisition of the players from the Braves and Marlins, the Dodgers were required to make a handful of corresponding roster moves. Included in that was designating Brandon Beachy for assignment shortly after he had been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman touched on the difficulty with informing Beachy of the situation and how the club approached the conversation, via Eric Stephen of True Blue LA:
He was a pro. Those phone calls are never easy to make. We handled it straight up and honestly, let him know what’s going on. We told him what we were doing and why.”
Friedman also touched on some of what lies ahead for Beachy:
He’s worked so hard to get back to where he is right now, but he knows it’s going to take him a little bit more time, just with that amount of time, to get his pitches, to be able to sequence his repertoire in the way he wants to is just going to take a little time.”
After working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, Beachy made just two starts for the Dodgers and largely struggled in both outings. While Friedman acknowledged being unsure if Beachy will remain with the organization, the chances of that being the case presumably are high.
As that situation is expected to play itself out in the coming days, the trades helped the Dodgers tie up loose ends in their rotation and bullpen that needed attention in order to further validate themselves as serious World Series contenders.
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