The annual MLB trade deadline is upon us. It’s time for Andrew Friedman and his administration to step it up for the team and the fans and make some moves to put the Dodgers in position for the postseason.
The Dodgers returned home today after a successful road trip where they went 5-4, including taking 2 of 3 from the Nationals and the Cardinals. This team despite all of its flaws and injuries that could fill up a Doctor’s office, continues to fight. Even without ace Clayton Kershaw, this Dodger team has shown some grit.
The Dodgers are currently 2.5 games ahead of Don Mattingly’s surprising Miami Marlins in the Wild Card race. They have also closed within 3 games of the hated San Francisco Giants.
NL Wild card race:
|Los Angeles Dodgers||56||44||.560||+2.5||30-18||26-26||435||371||+64||W2||6-4|
|New York Mets||52||45||.536||0.5||26-20||26-25||362||344||+18||W1||5-5|
|St. Louis Cardinals||52||46||.531||1||25-30||27-16||504||409||+95||L2||6-4|
NL West race:
|San Francisco Giants||58||41||.592||–||29-17||29-23||447||391||+56||L1||3-7|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||56||44||.560||2.5||30-18||26-26||435||371||+64||W2||6-4|
Now the focus turns to this year’s trade deadline. The obvious current weaknesses the Dodgers have, is the rotation and left-field. The starting pitching crop this year isn’t strong like last year’s when the whiz kids passed up on pitcher Cole Hamels. Let’s take a look through Andrew Friedman’s moves as GM.
One of Andrew Friedman’s first moves as the Dodger’s GM was during the 2014 winter meetings. The Dodgers traded RHP Dan Haren, 2B Dee Gordon and SS Miguel Rojas to the Miami Marlins in exchange for C Austin Barnes, RHP David Hatcher, LHP Andrew Heaney and SS Enrique
Hernandez. They in turn flipped LHP Andrew Heaney for 2B Howie Kendrick. Despite Kendrick’s current hot streak the jury is still out on this deal.
The 2014-15 offseason was headlined by the major signings of LHP Brett Anderson and RHP Brandon McCarthy who are injury prone. McCarthy has pitched well recently but he hardly pitches because he is always hurt or injured. It’s safe to say the jury is still out on these signings. Let’s not forget this bizarre deal during last year’s trade deadline. The Dodgers, Marlins and Braves swung one of the most complex three-team trades in recent history.
The Dodgers received right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse from the Marlins. They’ll also added top prospect Jose Peraza and pitchers Alex Wood, Bronson Arroyo, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from the Braves. Atlanta, in turn, received infielder Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and minor leaguer Zachary Bird from the Dodgers. Did you digest all that? It’s safe to say the trade was a bust for the Dodgers.
During the 2015 winter meetings, the Dodgers had a deal in place for flame throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman’s off field troubles nixed that deal. Chapman later was on route to the Yankees. As of today, Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein has pulled the trigger and acquired Chapman from the Yankees. The Cubs have to be the odds on favorites to win the fall classic.
The 2016 offseason had to deal with the major blow of losing pitcher Zack Greinke to the Snakes. In response the Dodgers signed two good five inning pitchers, Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda. The only trade so far that the Whiz kids have made that has worked out is acquiring pitcher Frankie Montas, outfielder Trayce Thompson and infielder Micah Johnson from the Reds in a three-team trade that sent outfielder Scott Schebler, infielder Jose Peraza and minor league infielder Brandon Dixon from the Dodgers to the Reds, and Todd Frazier from Cincinnati to Chicago. These whiz kids know how to make complex deals don’t they? So this year’s trade deadline should be about this:
Tweet from Ken Rosenthal’s page:
Yes, #Cubs gave up a lot. But one rival official said, “More teams should take notice and take risks. That's why we put in all the work.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2016
The Andrew Friedman administration needs to take risks this trade deadline to capture a 4th straight NL West Title and advance in postseason. They need an impact bat and a pitcher to help or replace Clayton Kershaw. Andrew Friedman speaks of “impact players,” now is the time to strike without giving away all your assets. Whether that be pitcher Chris Sale or Chris Archer? Whether that be LF Ryan Braun or 3B Evan Longoria? Or more low level like hurlers such as Edison Volquez or RF Jay Bruce. I don’t know!
The Dodgers players need to be rewarded for their grit this season. The fans need to be rewarded for dealing with the Cable TV Fiasco. Oh by the way, this is Vin Scully’s last season. So Andrew Friedman, the time to strike is now for you and the Whiz kids to earn your paycheck. The jury is still out!