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Dodgers News: LA Misses Out on Waiver Frenzy, Roster Remains As Is

The waiver wire has been updated and many of the Angels waived players are going to playoff teams, just not the Dodgers.

The Angles shocked the baseball world on Tuesday when it was announced that the team would be waiving most of the trade deadline additions the team made at the start of August. This shocking move is a result of the team’s terrible record in the month of August which has firmly taken them out of playoff contention.

Headlining the waived players are Lucas Giolito, Hunter Renfroe, Matt Moore, Reynaldo Lopez, Dominic Leone, and Randal Grichuk. All these players have been claimed by playoff teams, except for Grichuk.

Lucas Giolito was a target for the Dodgers at the trade deadline, but they were unable to match the impressive offer the Angels sent Chicago.

Now, Giolito looks to help the Cleveland Guardians challenge for the AL Central division title that would give them a playoff spot. The Guardians are also bringing in Reynaldo Lopez and Matt Moore to help a struggling bullpen. The Guardians are only 5 games behind the Twins’ lead in the AL Central and have acquired three very good arms that can pay off in a big way.

Dominic Leone has been claimed by the Seattle Mariners, the team that drafted Leone back in 2012. The Mariners have been the hottest team in the American League in August only losing 6 games.

Now, tied with the Astros for the AL West division, the Mariners will look to separate themselves from the defending World Series champions.

Hunter Renfroe was also claimed today by the Cincinnati Reds, a team looking for a Wild Card spot just one game behind the last spot holder, the San Francisco Giants.

While the Dodgers never got a chance to really add any of these players to their current roster, they don’t need it. They have been the best team in August for the last four years and have batters like Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, and arms like Lance Lynn, Clayton Kershaw, and Julio Urias to take them far into the postseason and challenge for a World Series.

It’s not yet known if the Dodgers placed a waiver on any of the guys claimed, but the chances at LA getting any of them were slim to none.

Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

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Jacob Zinder

Jacob Zinder is a digital sports journalist that recently graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Growing up in California, Jacob has been a fan of the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Dodgers for his entire life.

One Comment

  1. So 1 team is allowed to claim as many, if not all, of the waiver wire players when it’s their turn in the waiver wire order??! This makes ZERO sense!

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