You Can’t Always Get What You Want

“No, you can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need”

~Rolling Stones


So the non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, and the team is still in tact, with the addition of three new players — Josh Reddick, Rich Hill, and Jesse Chavez. Both Reddick and Hill were acquired from the Oakland Athletics for minor league pitchers Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas. Chavez was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for Mike Bolsinger.

Reddick is a twenty-nine year old, left-handed hitting/right-handed throwing outfielder. His current slash line is .296/.368/.449 with eight home runs, 28 RBI, five stolen bases and 28 walks in 68 games. He’s hitting .341 with runners in scoring position, and .319 with runners on base. Josh is currently in his eighth major league season, having played with the Red Sox and the Athletics. All 20 of his extra base hits this year have come against right-handed pitching. By all accounts, Reddick was loved by his A’s teammates and will be a great addition to the Dodgers, not only for his play on the field but also for his Twitter game.

Hill is a 36-year-old left-handed pitcher who is currently on the disabled list with a blister, although he is eligible to be reactivated on Thursday. In 14 starts before hitting the DL, he tallied a 9-3 record with a 2.25 ERA. Hill leads the American League (minimum 75.0 IP) in ERA and home runs allowed per 9.0 innings (0.24, 2 HR/76.0 IP), while ranking among the league’s best in opponents’ average (2nd), WHIP (9th) and strikeouts per 9.0 innings (10.66, 90 SO/76.0 IP). He currently has a 1.09 WHIP, and opposing batters have a .201 BA against him. Hill had been unbeaten in his previous eight starts from May 7-July 17, going 6-0 with a 2.05 ERA (10 ER/44.0 IP) and a .184 opponents’ batting average. This will be the eighth team in 12 major league seasons for Hill. Hopefully he will pick up right where he left off, and eat up innings for the Dodgers.

Chavez, 32, is a right-handed relief pitcher who is not having a very good year. He currently has a 1-2 record with a 4.57 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 39 games. One could assume that the Dodgers are hoping a change in scenery will help Chavez.

In the final move of the day, the Dodgers acquired reliever Josh Fields from the Astros in exchange for minor league first baseman Yordan Alvarez.

Fields, 30, went 1-0 with one save and a 1.65 ERA in 23 relief appearances for Triple-A Fresno this season, limiting opponents to a .192 batting average with a 0.65 WHIP. He also made 15 appearances in the bigs this year, posting a 6.89 ERA, and went 9-10 with nine saves and a 4.53 ERA in 164 big-league games with Houston in four seasons from 2013-16, averaging better than a strikeout per inning. He was originally selected by the Mariners in the first round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia.

 Alvarez, 19, was signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent on June 15 out of Cuba.

To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred Hyun-jin Ryu to the 60-day disabled list.

Yasiel Puig is still a member of the club, although various sources have said that the Dodgers would move him if they acquired another outfielder. This front office is known for making trades well into August, so his tenure with the club could still be short. Reddick plays right field, so in the interim it will be interesting to see how manager Dave Roberts plays the situation.

The Giants picked up starting pitcher Matt Moore from Tampa Bay, and relief pitcher Will Smith from Milwaukee.

Overall, I think the Dodgers did a good job. With so few great players available, the front office bolstered the team with what arguably were two of the top players at their positions who were still remaining in the market. Getting rid of very good prospects always hurts, but there are no guarantees with those. They kept their top two prospects in Julio Urias and Jose De Leon. I get the disappointment in the ‘not going for it now’ mentality. But I love the fight in this team, especially since Kershaw has gone on the DL, and I think that not making a major shake up only adds to the confidence in the team. One never knows what the future holds, but I am ready for this team to keep fighting and take the division away from the Giants. Let’s go.


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