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Dodgers Trade Matt Beaty to the San Diego Padres

Say it ain’t so…



The Dodgers had some tough decisions to make during this Spring camp. With so many new names being added in, you knew that there were going to be some moves that fans didn’t love. That includes losing players that have been there for a while, and we lost one this week. 

Earlier last week, the Dodgers designated Matt Beaty for assignment. The need for right-handed bench bats outweighed the need for a bat like Beaty, who does hit for average and is phenomenal with putting the bat on the ball every at-bat. 

But with the DFA, the Dodgers either needed to trade him or place him on waivers. It turns out that they did trade him, and he’s going to a division rival. The Padres announced this morning that they had traded Beaty to San Diego in exchange for minor league IF River Ryan. So Matt takes that bat down to SD and stays in the division. 

River Ryan was an 11th round pick in 2021 out of North Carolina. He hit .308 in his first year at rookie ball, and he can play all around the diamond. Ryan was also a really good relief pitcher in college, posting a 2.32 ERA in 35 appearances. It’s unclear if the Dodgers will plan to develop him as a two-way player right now. 

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But we do say goodbye to Matt Beaty, and it will be interesting to see him playing against the Dodgers this year. Matt has shown that he is more than big-league ready, and that opportunity never came his way during his time with Los Angeles. 

We wish you all of the best Matt, you’re one of the good ones. 

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  1. The existence of rios, outman, and mckinstry made beaty completely expendable. rios is a much bigger threat with the bat, and the other 2 likely are similar hitters that do a lot of things in the field and on the bases that beaty can’t do.

    • He was such a terrible fielder that Drrr had to play his Catcher at 1st base in the 9th inning, against the 1st place Giants, in a heated pennant race in which the catcher had NEVER played a game at 1st base in his ENTIRE career including Little league. Now that my friends is just ” Bad” defensive ability, ” Even though the baseball levels of LL, College, A- AA and AAA must have thought Beaty’s defense was sufficient, Drrrr knows best.

  2. I think it just came down to D R not liking Matt for some reason. When a player hits a home run and his mgr turns his back on him when he comes into the dugout…..well, there’s something wrong.