Dodgers, Reds Complete Four-Player Trade

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The Dodgers got the ball rolling during early trade season on Wednesday afternoon, acquiring right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro, minor-league right-handed pitcher Zach Neal and international signing bonus pool space from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala.

Floro has made 25 relief appearances with the Reds this season, going 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA (11 ER/36.1 IP) and has struck out 27 batters against 12 walks. The right-hander started the season with Triple-A Louisville, allowing just four hits over 3.0 scoreless inning in two games before having his contract selected by Cincinnati on April 13. The 27-year-old returns to the Dodger organization after spending the last couple months with Triple-A Oklahoma City last season, going 0-1 with one save and posted a 5.56 ERA (7 ER/11.1 IP), while striking out 12 against just three walks in eight games. In 40 career big league games, Floro has gone 3-3 with a 3.69 ERA (25 ER/61.0 IP) and has struck out 47 batters against 19 walks in 61.0 innings. The Merced, California native was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 20th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of California State University, Fullerton.

Neal, 29, also makes his return to the Dodger organization after appearing in one game with the big league club on April 3 against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, giving up one run (solo home run) on two hits over an inning of relief. The right-hander, who was designated for assignment by Los Angeles on April 5, has appeared in 18 games (three starts) with the Reds’ Triple-A Louisville, going 2-2 with one save and posted a 5.47 ERA (30 ER/49.1 IP) and struck out 29 against just six walks. The Columbia, South Carolina native, who was a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers this spring, was originally selected by the Marlins in the 17th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oklahoma.

Marinan, 19, was a fourth round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2017 and had appeared in 12 career games (nine starts) over two professional seasons with the organization, going 2-0 with a 1.30 ERA (4 ER/27.2 IP).

Zabala, 21, appeared in 24 games with Single-A Great Lakes this season going 2-2 with one save and posted a 4.86 ERA (20 ER/37.0 IP), while holding hitters to a .231 average. Over five professional seasons with the Mariners (2014-16) and Dodgers (2017-18) organizations, he has posted a 10-17 record with five saves, a 5.05 ERA and has struck out 136 batters in 164.0 innings.

In order to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Floro, the Dodgers designated right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino for assignment.

(Dai Sugiura furnished the information provided in this report)


14 thoughts on “Dodgers, Reds Complete Four-Player Trade

  1. I hope we got a lot of intl pool space in this deal because it seems pretty one sided to me in favor of the Reds. If Floro and Neal were worth hanging on to why did we get rid of them in the first place? Although Marinan hasn’t pitched much, he seemed to have some real promise. Oh well, I bow to the superior knowledge of the front office and assume this will turn out OK.

      1. Maybe Farhan is the one who got rid of them and he asked Andrew for a do-over.

  2. Hmm, sounds like a deal made to boost the bullpen depth at the AAA level more than anything else. Giving up Marinan kind of stings a bit because he was one of the few Dodger pitching prospects that might have legit starter potential down the road. Guess the front office already felt comfortable with what they currently have at high-A Rancho with Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and Dean Kremer by comparison. And I agree, this one has the smell of Zaidi all over it (lol).

    1. I don’t know about Neal but it sounds like Friedman must have had a hand in the Floro part of this deal. He drafted him at Tampa in 2009 but couldn’t sign him. Then he drafted him in 2012 and did sign him. Then he claimed him off waivers from the Cubs last August and now has traded for him this July. That means he drafted, claimed him or traded for him FOUR times. Floro is obviously a future Hall of Famer. We just don’t know it yet. And by the way, he’ll be added to the 25-man within the next few days according to Roberts. Not a strike out guy. Seems to be a ground ball type who can get both right and left handed batters out. A right-handed version of Alexander……………….or not.

  3. I’m impressed, Jeff and Manuel, with your knowledge of these guys, the only one I recognized was Floro. You guys not only knew ther names, but knew about them. I bow to your knowledge. You guys must be retired.

    1. Don’t know about Manuel, but I’m guilty as charged. But that isn’t what makes me so smart and well informed. Have you ever heard of Google? 🙂

  4. Manuel sounds more like he is actually watching the games, maybe he is half scout. but I’m not giving him the keys to the vault, so he can make that realmutto trade, he’d wipe out half the prospects in our system. haha.

    1. I’m lucky enough to have Spectrum here in L.A. so I can watch all the Dodger games, but as far as the minor league teams I do follow the box scores and some of the write ups but agree that Dennis and Manuel seem to be the experts on those guys.

    2. Keith, you really have no idea just how good Realmuto is do you? Guy was basically auditioning right in front of the Dodger brass back during that infamous Marlins sweep of the Blue Crew in the latter’s own ballpark earlier this season. And it wouldn’t take “half” the prospects in our system (I take it you were merely joking about that, lol), just a couple Top 100 guys the Dodgers have no room for anymore. If you want to see this team make WS play not only this year, but for the next couple of years possibly, THAT’S the move I’d make for sure. And before you start shooting from the hip again on here, ask yourself this: do you really feel comfortable about this team’s chances of getting back to the WS with either a punch-drunk Yasmani Grandal still behind the plate or a still-green Austin Barnes having a down season offensively??? I sure as hell am not!

      And yeah, I AM half-scout…sort of.

      1. OK Manuel, we had an exchange the other day where I said that I didn’t think the Marlins would go for your proposed trade of Verdugo, Farmer and Grandal for Realmuto. I think you agree with most of the rest of us that we need a couple of high end bullpen guys and I know you’re very high on Treinen, so for the sake of argument give me my point about the Marlins not wanting Grandal and put together a trade for Realmuto, a trade for Treinen and a trade for another good reliever while not using any trade chip (major or minor leaguer) more than once. In other words I’d like to see what you would do to get all three guys by the end of July. Sometimes I don’t agree with you, but I always enjoy your posts. So have at it. I’m sure it will lead to a good discussion.

  5. I rely on Dennis for my minor league knowledge, if he doesn’t write it, I don’t know it.

  6. Yes l was joking, because I can tell how much you believe that’s the way to go. I don’t think I’ve read anywhere where grandal, and Barnes were deficient in their game calling, either one of these guys are close to as good as McCann was last year, for Houston. If our pitching would have held up last season we win the series. So l’m of the opinion our assets should be spent in that area first. At lest that’s my opinion today, hell tomorrow you might convince realmutto is the way to go.

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