Making Sense Of The Dodgers Reported Three-Team Trade


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With the Dodgers’ divisional lead shrinking by the day, you knew the Dodgers weren’t going to stay quiet for long — the question wasn’t if the team would add pitching, but which pitching it would be. Many speculated about Cole Hamels and David Price, but, at least for now, the team opted for a stunning three-way deal involving the Marlins and the Braves.

Early Wednesday morning, news broke that the Dodgers were nearing a deal with the Marlins that would bring them Mat Latos, Michael Morse and a draft pick (plus all of the salaries) in exchange for a few low-end prospects. As the day wore on, however, that trade continued to elude confirmation.

Then, around 6 p.m. Wednesday night, all hell broke loose.

Just as the Mets and Brewers were finalizing (and then ultimately not finalizing) a Carlos Gomez blockbuster, and the Rangers were finalizing a Cole Hamels blockbuster, things surrounding the Dodgers/Marlins swap started to go haywire.

Via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

Source: #Braves are third team in #Marlins#Dodgers deal. Do not know further details.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2015

Okay, so the Braves are involved, probably just taking on Michael Morse, right?

Wait, but, Alex Wood isn’t just a throw-in, he’s actually good — what’s going on here?

And their (current) closer? This just went from, “hey, we’re dumping Michael Morse on someone!” to “Wait, this is awesome, but what’s it gonna cost?” But wait!

And the Dodgers are getting a 21-year-old second baseman already in Triple-A and ranked as the No. 30 prospect in baseball just this week? And we still have no clue what it’s going to cost us?

Finally, the shoe dropped via Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

The Dodgers had just recently outbid the Braves for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera and now, after paying him a massive signing bonus, they’re shipping him to Atlanta in exchange for a solid young pitcher, bullpen help and a top-30 prospect at a position of need?

So here’s the final tally of what we know so far (from reports):

Marlins would acquire three minor-league pitchers from the Dodgers.

Braves would acquire Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez, minor-league pitcher Zach Bird and a competitive balance draft pick.

Dodgers would acquire Mat Latos, Mike Morse, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson, Luis Avilan and minor-leaguer Jose Peraza.


Let’s break it down a bit more.

CONTINUE READING: How do the big names in the deal play out?

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  1. I’m left now to wonder what it will take to actually land Price after this. I mean there are a great deal of prospects and current major league players for the Tigers to choose from, but what combination will it take? I’d say flip Wood, Morse, and Avelan as well as Van Slyke and Austin Barnes.

    1. I’d say Wood would definitely be heading to Detroit in the deal, but I certainly cannot imagine them wanting Morse, and LA needs Avelan for their own bullpen. Austin Barnes could definitely be on the move. Woods is a solid young pitcher under club control for several more seasons. I’m fine trading him if they immediately get Price extended (and don’t let Greinke walk after the year), but if Price is just going to be a rental, I’d rather take my chances the rest of the year with Woods and keep the prospects.

    2. Too much…..hopefully Price would love L.A. but what if he doesnt?.we need to keep Barnes.I think Ellis is done after this season, and I don’t think we have other reliable ready catchers right now.

  2. Well I guess it’s moot now, Damn! I thought we had him! Well, at least the Giants didn’t end up with him. I’d definitely focus on Chapman now. What would it take to land Chapman though?

      1. The Reds have said he’s available, I think he’s more likely of an option then say Kimbrel, all be it a more expensive one in terms of prospects due to the amount of team control they’d have.

  3. Now you have to wait for days before any trade is confirmed. Look what happened in New York…I felt really SAD for Wilmer…His emotions reminded me of Jackie Robinson…when he refused to report to the Giants…Robinson retired. I’m not suggesting for Wilmer Flores to retire, no way he is going to get better. What Wilmer is going to have to learn is that being traded is very much part of the baseball business. Now I’m not seeing the Dodgers making any trades…first the media announces how interested the Dodgers are in acquiring….da, da, da, da, i.e. Hamels, Price, and more da, da, da, NOTHING. Some game being played to show the fans that they are trying hard…REALLY!

    1. Jackie Robinson did not “refuse to report to the Giants”. that is a myth that Dodger fans continue to perpetuate.

      In fact Robinson was upset with the Dodger organization over the way he was treated.

      ” Robinson and Giants owner Horace Stoneham exchanged pleasant notes, the former ballplayer assuring Stoneham his decision to retire had nothing to do with the Giants.”



  4. Yeah this might look like a good deal, but the important question is can they win a World Series with this rotation. I don’t believe this is enough.

  5. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I FIGURED THE FO WOULD DO! F up the Team early in the year NOW when we needed a Slam dunk, They go for a lay up and get SMACKED out the Gym(pardon the Pun) We are just a mediocre Team, WE Did not Get Better Than Cardinals or Giants. No One is Scared of Dodgers with this Rotation or line up . 3 out of 5 games per week we don’t score any runs for a pitcher, greinke has to pitch scoreless innings to win. I watched anderson a a decent game but lost 2-0, we been shutout a lot this year and our RISP avg is putrid and sad. WE JUST BLINKED for the GIANTS to TAKE-OVER First

    1. In fairness, Anderson did pitch against Sonny Gray. I’m sure other teams feel frustrated when they face Kershaw or Greinke. They are aces for a reason.

      Looks like we scored plenty last night.

  6. Once playoffs start its kershaw,greinke for gms 1,2,4,5, and 7. That don’t scare you? Really?

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