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Making Sense Of The Dodgers Reported Three-Team Trade



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Nerd Alert! Nerd Alert! Nerd Alert!

With the Dodgers’ divisional lead shrinking by the day, you knew the Dodgers weren’t going to stay quiet for long — the question wasn’t if the team would add pitching, but which pitching it would be. Many speculated about Cole Hamels and David Price, but, at least for now, the team opted for a stunning three-way deal involving the Marlins and the Braves.

Early Wednesday morning, news broke that the Dodgers were nearing a deal with the Marlins that would bring them Mat Latos, Michael Morse and a draft pick (plus all of the salaries) in exchange for a few low-end prospects. As the day wore on, however, that trade continued to elude confirmation.

Then, around 6 p.m. Wednesday night, all hell broke loose.

Just as the Mets and Brewers were finalizing (and then ultimately not finalizing) a Carlos Gomez blockbuster, and the Rangers were finalizing a Cole Hamels blockbuster, things surrounding the Dodgers/Marlins swap started to go haywire.

Via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

Source: #Braves are third team in #Marlins#Dodgers deal. Do not know further details.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2015

Okay, so the Braves are involved, probably just taking on Michael Morse, right?

Wait, but, Alex Wood isn’t just a throw-in, he’s actually good — what’s going on here?

And their (current) closer? This just went from, “hey, we’re dumping Michael Morse on someone!” to “Wait, this is awesome, but what’s it gonna cost?” But wait!

And the Dodgers are getting a 21-year-old second baseman already in Triple-A and ranked as the No. 30 prospect in baseball just this week? And we still have no clue what it’s going to cost us?

Finally, the shoe dropped via Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

The Dodgers had just recently outbid the Braves for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera and now, after paying him a massive signing bonus, they’re shipping him to Atlanta in exchange for a solid young pitcher, bullpen help and a top-30 prospect at a position of need?

So here’s the final tally of what we know so far (from reports):

Marlins would acquire three minor-league pitchers from the Dodgers.

Braves would acquire Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, minor-league pitcher Zach Bird and a competitive balance draft pick.

Dodgers would acquire Mat Latos, Mike Morse, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and minor-leaguer Jose Peraza.

I LOVE THE NERDS!

Let’s break it down a bit more.

CONTINUE READING: How do the big names in the deal play out?

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