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Dodgers News: Brandon Gomes Explains Thought-Process in Trade Deadline Acquisitions

Criticism for a lack of star talent acquired at the deadline was lobbied onto the Dodgers’ front office, but the team’s recent dominant stretch of play has quickly turned that tune around.

In detailing the thought process behind such smart trades at the deadline, front office rep Brandon Gomes stated a simple philosophy for the deals LA made.

“The guys we acquired … it’s looking at their true talent level like the Kikés and Lance Lynns and Joe Kellys, their numbers statistically were not indicative of how talented they are. It’s sifting through that, getting coaches’ perspectives, other players’ perspectives, how they would fit into different roles, the clubhouse culture and doing what we’re looking to accomplish, which is winning the World Series every year. You’re making an educated bet. You don’t really know how it will play out. It’s a lot easier to bet on somebody when you’re able to take the human factor in. We’re more willing to pour resources into a player who has a really good reputation.”

via J.P. Hoornstra, OC Register

Looking for the underlying numbers past just the stat sheets, LA has been known to take chances on veterans hoping to find previous form.

Jason Heyward and Noah Syndergaard were the latest versions of this trend for LA and while the latter didn’t pan out, evidenced by the trade for Amed Rosario, the former has been an excellent piece to the Dodger lineup on both sides of the ball.

Rosario has been one of many pieces to revive their seasons with the Dodgers as he alongside Kiké Hernandez and pitchers Ryan Yarbrough, Lance Lynn and Joe Kelly have all helped the Dodgers’ hot month of August.

Losers of just two games through the month, the team has built up an impressive double digit game lead in the NL West over the rival San Francisco Giants.

Talks of a transition year after losing many pieces from their 2022 team including Turners Justin and Trea have largely gone quiet as Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman have spearheaded another contender in 2023 for the Dodgers.

For all the hoopla about the Padres or Mets being among the NL’s elite, the Dodgers refused to make any bold proclamations in 2023 and such humility has paid dividends in the standings as LA trails only Atlanta for the best record in baseball this season.

Despite chastising from many fans and media alike, the Dodgers continue to play chess rather than checkers.

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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