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Dodgers News: LA Trades Phil Bickford, Adam Kolarek to Mets

After making several moves to acquire some major league talent on the infield and pitching depth, the Dodgers continued their trade deadline by shipping out two relievers to New York.

In a move reported by Robert Murray, LA shipped Phil Bickford and Adam Kolarek to the NL East in one of their final deadline day deals.

After a relatively disappointing deadline day where the Dodgers failed to acquire the big name that many fans are accustomed to, they decided to deal away two bullpen arms who haven’t been as sharp as recent seasons.

Bickford was recently DFA’d by the franchise after a 2021 season where he pitched to a 2.50 ERA. The past two years have been a different story and the Dodgers cut the 28-year old righty loose after he posted a 4.11 ERA since that 2021 season.

Kolarek returned to the Dodgers this season after a two season stint in Oakland for the Athletics. Before his return, Kolarek’s first stint in LA included helping the franchise to their first title since 1988 after the lefty pitched to 0.95 ERA in 20 appearances in 2020 for the club.

Despite the Dodgers adding talent to the roster from the White Sox, Red Sox and the Guardians respectively, the move to ship out two bullpens isn’t exactly what fans had in mind for the reigning NL West champions.

In fact, that status as divisional champs may be in jeopardy this season with deals happening across the NL West for the Giants, Padres and Diamondbacks and a meager lead atop the division for LA.

After multiple failed attempts at getting starting pitching help from the White Sox, Tigers or the Cardinals on deadline day, the troops will look to pick up the pieces and hopefully grant fans at Chavez Ravine another season of postseason baseball.

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