It looks like Andrew Toles will be the unlucky Dodgers player to suffer the consequences of a Machado aquisition. According to the Pacific Coast League transaction page, Toles was optioned Thursday night. This move clears a spot for Machado on the 25-man roster ahead of Friday’s tilt.
According to PCL transactions, OF Andrew Toles was optioned to Oklahoma City on Thursday. That would make room on the Dodgers' 25-man roster for Manny Machado on Friday.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 20, 2018
Dodgers fans have been screaming for Toles ever since he went back to AAA earlier this year. Breakout campaigns from Max Muncy and Matt Kemp had tempered the “Toles mobs” for a while, but he finally gor the recall after the injury to Yasiel Puig.
Unfortunately, he did not perform like Dave Roberts had entirely hoped. In seven games, he hit 261 in 23 at-bats. Not bad, but his quality of at-bats had taken a turn for the worst as well. He had seen far less pitches than normal and his on base percentage dipped well below the 300 mark.
The Dodgers outfield situation can be summed up with one word: depth. The team has Joc Pederson, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and Cody Bellinger all vying for at-bats out there. That is, when Puig makes his expected return later in the month.
Bellinger will almost certainly be receiving more time in center with the acquisition of Manny Machado. In fact, the trade makes for interesting situations all over the diamond. The depth he creates in the infield alone makes you think the team will be well rested headed into October baseball.
Fret not Dodgers fans, this is certainly not the last time we see Andrew Toles this year. Toles was hitting 326 with a 363 OBP at AAA prior to his recall. Still waiting on the official team announcement on the Toles and Machado swap.
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