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Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Assured Max Muncy He Wouldn’t Be Traded at Deadline

Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy was the subject of trade rumors ahead of this year’s trade deadline, but Tuesday came and went with the slugger staying put in Southern California

Amidst conversations surrounding All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, Muncy shared some encouraging words from GM Andrew Friedman to him before the deadline earlier this week in a podcast.

“When those rumors came out it was a rough day for the family,” Muncy said. “They kind of started freaking out a little bit. Andrew talked to me pretty much right away and told me the whole deal and explained to me. So we knew we weren’t going anywhere and that kind of eases your mind a little bit when the president is talking to you like that. So we weren’t too worried about it.”

via Max Muncy, Foul Territory’s Youtube Channel

While the Dodger slugger hasn’t hit for average this season, he still ranks among the top of the leaderboards for home runs in the National League and consistently draws his walks to get on base.

Rather than deal for a big star at the deadline (though not for a lack of trying), Friedman and company decided to acquire some non-headlining names at the deadline.

This included Lance Lynn, who’s most recent start showed rather encouraging signs as an important piece to the Dodgers’ potential playoff rotation.

In the deal that netted the Boys in Blue Lynn they also brought back Joe Kelly from the Chicago White Sox as bullpen depth and a crowd favorite at Chavez Ravine.

On the topic of crowd favorites, Kiké Hernández came over from the Boston Red Sox in another deadline deal and the early returns of his investment included the clubhouse dancing, defensive versatility and an emotional return to Dodger Stadium within his first week back in Dodger blue.

Amed Rosario came over from the Guardians and just hit his first Dodger home run against the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday night’s blowout victory for LA and the Dodger bullpen will get the services of Ryan Yarbrough after a trade from Kansas City soon enough.

Consistency in the clubhouse is an invaluable asset for a ball club and with Freidman’s faith in Muncy and a majority of the Dodgers’ current core, fans can hope that such a belief is rewarded with another postseason run.

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