The Dodgers cannot win ALL of their trades and they typically have broken even or won their transaction in the Friedman era. However, there is one trade that somewhat stands out: the shipping of top outfield prospect Yordan Alvarez to the Houston Astros for reliever Josh Fields.
— Lance Brozdowski (@LanceBroz) June 9, 2019
This trade has become one that is more recognized over the last few days due to Yordan Alvarez’s call-up to the big leagues. Since Alvarez was traded, he has put up some absolutely gaudy numbers. He crushed at every stop, but he really began to put it together for the Triple-A Round Rock squad, an affiliate of the Astros. Across 101 games there, Alvarez hit 31 bombs and drove in 99 runs with a .306/.403/.615 slash line. This year alone, in 56 games, he hit 23 homers with a 1.184 OPS. Wow.
— Daren Willman (@darenw) June 9, 2019
According to MLB Pipeline, Alvarez is the #26 prospect in baseball. Fangraphs’ prospect evaluators Kiley McDaniel and Eric Longenhagen have placed him as the #125 prospect in baseball, which is a wide gap in assessment. It is safe to say, either way, that Alvarez is a top prospect and represents a huge loss for the Dodgers franchise.
Alvarez figures to be a major piece of the Astros’ future, possibly seeing a long-term home at designated hitter. For the foreseeable future, though, he should be in the outfield mix along with George Springer and soon Kyle Tucker.
Josh Fields was not necessarily a disappointment, he just never lived up to the prospect capital that was traded for him.
Now with the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate, Fields held a 2.61 ERA and 3.89 FIP in three parts of seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was consistently shuttled back and forth between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City in his tenure with the team, but at times was a so-so bridge to Kenley Jansen.
His postseason performances were not great, including giving up an important two-run homer in the 2017 World Series. In 3 1/3 innings of postseason work, Fields held a 5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP.
This was not a good trade for the Dodgers, but it marks a rare mistake in the Friedman Era. Alvarez has only played one game in the major leagues and it is already safe to say that this one could make the Dodgers kick themselves for years.