The Dodgers, Red Sox and Twins finally finalized and completed the trades that have been languishing in pending status for the past week and a half now. The clubs have announced the deals with approval from Major League Baseball thus ending the saga. In the end the Dodgers did what I had suggested earlier by splitting up the trades. The Dodgers/Red Sox swap was a separate deal with the Dodgers throwing in Jeter Downs, and catching prospect Connor Wong alongside with Alex Verduo to complete the trade. The Dodgers still flipped Kenta Maeda to the Twins in a standalone trade and will receive pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol (the guy Boston did not want), the 67 pick in this year’s draft and minor league outfielder Luke Raley.
The Dodgers ended up holding onto Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling (thank god) as Arte Moreno and the Angels backed out of the deal. I have no idea why they would do so as getting two good players in return for practically nothing is a pretty good deal one would think. I’m thankful the Dodgers are keeping Joc and Strip. They don’t have to trade them, although I don’t expect the Dodgers to keep Joc for long.
The Dodgers introduced Mookie Betts and David Price today at Dodger Stadium. The media was allowed onto the field to interview the new Dodgers and take a lot of pictures of them wearing Dodger blue. For the record Betts and Price look great in Dodger blue. I’ll say this, I’ve been very critical of Andrew Friedman, I know I have. However I give him a lot of props for pulling this off. I didn’t think he would, but he made it happen and things turned out very well. All the Dodgers had to give up for Betts and Price was Verdugo, and two prospects. Good job Friedman. Take a look at some of the video from today and get acquainted with the newest Dodgers.