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Dodgers News: Zach McKinstry Thanks LA Organization After Trade to Chicago Cubs

The Dodgers made a move on Saturday, but it probably wasn’t the move that Dodgers fans wanted. Fans hoping for a splashy Juan Soto or Shohei Ohtani trade probably weren’t holding their breath for the Dodgers to trade for another bullpen reclamation project, but luckily, team president Andrew Friedman and general manager Brandon Gomes don’t crowd source their trade decisions with fans. LA acquired veteran right-handed reliever Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for utility man Zach McKinstry.

After the trade was announced, McKinstry took to Instagram to thank Andrew Friedman, Brandon Gomes, manager Dave Roberts, and the entire organization for giving him a chance play for one of the premier teams in all of baseball. It was a classy move.

McKinstry burst onto the scene in April of 2021, compiling a .883 OPS in 58 plate appearances. Unfortunately, an injury caused him to miss 33 games and completely derailed his season. In his final 43 games for the Dodgers that year, he slashed .173/.230/.327.

This season, McKinstry appeared in just 10 games for the Dodgers and was largely a bench player. He went 1-for-11 (.091) and once again has battled injuries throughout the year.

On the bright side, the Dodgers former 33rd round pick should get plenty of playing time on a Chicago Cubs team that’s in the middle of a full rebuild. McKinstry could easily start log 10 games in the first two weeks of August for the 41-58 Cubs.

Things didn’t quite work out for McKinstry in Los Angeles, but hats off to a true professional baseball player who went out of his way to thank the organization that took a chance on him.

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Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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