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Dodgers News: Yordan Alvarez Recalls Trade to Houston from LA

The Philadephia Phillies and the Houston Astros are this year’s World Series matchup. The Phillies got hot at the right time and will be heading home for games 3,4 and 5, tied at 1-1.

The Astros won a crucial game two to tie the series and won handily, 5-2. The win came at the forefront of their superstar and elite slugger, Yordan Alvarez.

Many of you may not know this, but Yordan Alvarez was a Dodger.

Yeah, you read that right. You’re probably thinking, “How in the hell did we let Alvarez go?”

There was nothing to be excited about in 2016 when Yordan was with the organization, and the Dodgers traded him for essentially nothing (Josh Fields).

Alvarez recalled his time with the Dodgers organization, the very little time he was with them, and shared how he felt being traded.

“I was a little scared,” Álvarez said in Spanish.

“I didn’t know what a trade was here,” Álvarez said. “I didn’t know how that worked.”

“I was happy when they told me about the trade,” Álvarez said. “I knew people in West Palm [Beach, Fla.] and I knew the Astros were going to construct a complex there, so I was happy.”

The 25-year-old All-Star vaguely remembers working out twice on the field in shorts and a T-shirt. He never played a game as a Dodger or wore a uniform, and his time was very short-lived.
At the time, it was a minor move. Los Angeles needed bullpen help to make a playoff push, so the trade was necessary.

The Dodgers have made some great trades that have benefited them and have led them to be a powerhouse organization, but trading Alvarez was the worst one they’ve made. I’m sure Andrew Friedman and the front office would not make that trade looking back at it.

The Cuban superstar is young, elite, can do it all at the plate, and is considered a top player in the league. Yordan has a career batting average of .296, 98 home runs, 283 RBIs, and a .974 OPS. And in 2022, he slashed .306/.406/.613 with a 1.019 OPS and is currently playing in his third World Series in his fourth season.

It hurts knowing we had Alvarez, and he didn’t even get a chance to play in Dodger blue. Seeing him thrive in Houston makes it even worse.

Yordan is the one that got away (sad emoji).

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).


  1. Geeze, talking about recency bias! Trading Pedro and Piazza were worse trades because both ended up in the Hall of Fame with other teams. It’s still a little early to rank Alvarez up there, athough it is definitely really, really, really painful right now.

  2. Hopefully he’ll go Belli up and go cold now after 3 monster seasons ….like …Belli. Only fair! We’re always hurt, always getting the fn’ short end of the stick…..were always ” dodging” this crap…or need to ” Dodge”. So r monikor dodgers name still fits after leaving Brooklyn lol. Oh. But we got so much $$$. Yeah MFS, we like our team , moved to a great city ( for MLB at least ) and we.biy merch n tix! like SF or SD doesn’t spend $$$. And basically $ only buys u an extra 15 wins a regular season. Hardly pays off in post. LAD needs to study all teams getting into post from now on…I mean REALLY! like have someone ( like me!) Jk …with my mindset but actually has mlb exp obviously….lol …and have them get season tickets to all suspected it up n coming NL teams and just get AL top teams seaisn tickets and end of season n post for the AL. so if we BOTH get to WS , well know WHY N HOW they’re so hot n hie any HOT team CAN n usually duz beat us. Or hell, just have 29 super scouts w season ticket holders. I knew when SD was beating up mets, I was like we dont games 1 AND 2…..we’re done! Yup!

  3. Yordan, never ever would have had a chance to play for the Dodgers…He is a defensive scrub and we didn’t have the DH back then….Good for Yordan….just to bad he went to those Cheatin B’s

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