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.
The #Padres have acquired Matt Beaty from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 28, 2022
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.
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.