The Dodgers made a whole lot of noise at the trade deadline this year. The obvious moves were trading for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner, 2 guys that will join the big league team at some point in the next week.
But Andrew Friedman wasn’t just scouring the trade market when looking to change up this team. After trading away Keibert Ruiz in the Nationals deal, the Dodgers were in need of a solid third catcher as backup at the minor league level.
Friedman went out and got just that with Chad Wallach. The Marlins catcher was available via waivers, and the Dodgers claimed him this week. He was added to the 40-man roster and will join up with the Triple-A team.
Wallach is the son of former Dodgers star and coach Tim Wallach. Chad has spent the last 4 seasons in the Marlins organization and appeared in 22 games for Miami this year. He hit .200 in 60 at-bats with 2 doubles, 1 triple, and six runs driven in. The Dodgers will only really need them if an injury to Austin Barnes or Will Smith pops up.
Wallach doesn’t show much with the bat, but he does offer the backup that the Dodgers need. Losing Ruiz in the trade was inevitable, but they needed a body at Triple-A ready to go.