In the waning moments of the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline on Monday afternoon, the Dodgers scored frontline starting pitcher Yu Darvish from the Rangers, in addition to landing a pair of lefty relievers in Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani from the Pirates and Reds, respectively.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post was among the first to report the Cingrani deal, indicating that the Dodgers sent outfielder Scott Van Slyke and catcher Hendrik Clementina to the Reds in exchange for the 28-year old Illinois native.
In 25 big league games this season, Cingrani posted a 5.40 ERA with a 7.01 FIP in 23-1/3 innings of work, while striking out 24 and walking six batters. In the Pioneer Rookie League, Clementina was slashing an impressive .370/.439/.554 over 92 AB. Van Slyke was relegated to spending most of his season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, and hit .122/.250/.293 in 48 plate appearances in his brief time in the majors.
Cingrani’s salary for 2017 is $1,825,000 and is arbitration eligible after the season.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was among the first to report the Watson trade. In return, the Pirates will receive infielder Oneil Cruz and minor league right-handed pitcher Angel German from the Dodgers. Watson was removed from the Pirates’ closer roll on June 9, at which point he had an ERA of 4.44 and five blown saves in 15 opportunities. Cruz was hitting .240/.293/.342 in 375 plate appearances for Low-A Great Lakes, while German, also a member of the Loons’ squad, posted a 1-0 record with seven saves and a 1.91 ERA in 21 games over an even 33 innings.
Watson’s contract for 2017 is $5.6 million, and is eligible to become a free agent after the 2018 season.
According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rangers will receive at second-baseman/outfielder Willie Calhoun, pitcher A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis in the Darvish deal. In the MLB Pipeline team rankings, Calhoun is the Dodgers No. 4 ranked prospect, Alexy is the No. 17 ranked prospect, and Davis is the club’s 27th ranked prospect.
Darvish is 6-9 this season with a 4.01 ERA, and for his career, has gone 53-39 with a 3.42 ERA, striking out 960 hitters in 782-2/3 innings pitched over six seasons with Texas. He will become free agent eligible after this season.
As far as 40-man roster spots go, one space was created by the exodus of SVS, while the remaining two were opened up after utility players Mike Freeman and Peter O’Brien were designated for assignment.
Please be sure to check back frequently, as we plan to discuss the fallout from these deals over the coming days, including the effects on the farm, and also how the Dodgers plan to adjust their 25-man roster to make room for the newcomers.
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