I am a little bummed, but understand that the Dodgers needed a roster spot cleared after acquiring Mookie Betts, and David Price from the Boston Red Sox. So the Dodgers after designating him for assignment, traded outfielder Kyle Garlick to the Phillies for minor league left handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert.
I’ve liked Garlick. He played well for the Dodgers in 2019. He wasn’t a super star, but was quite useful at the plate, slashing .250/.321/.521 with 3 home runs in 53 plate appearances last season for the Dodgers. He played in 30 games and filled in quite admirably. Garlick is only 28-years old and can still be a solid contributor to any MLB team. Garlick slugged 91 career home runs in the minor leagues.
The Phillies sent 26-year old southpaw Tyler Gilbert back to complete the swap. Gilbert provides the Dodgers with depth in an area of need for the big club, left handed relief. Gilbert was a sixth round draft pick for the Phillies in the 2015 draft. He’s a local boy, attending USC and was born in Santa Cruz, California. Gilbert posted a 2.86 ERA and struck out 8.7 per nine in 47.2 innings pitched for Philadelphia’s triple-A affiliate in 2019. I wish Garlick the best. I guess I’ll have to change my pinned tweet on twitter.
If you have a clove of garlick….throw it to the sky#Garlickpower
— Ladodgerreport (@Ladodgerreport) June 21, 2019