There are less than 48 hours to the trade deadline, and although the Dodgers have not yet made a big splash you move, there have been a series of little under the radar signings.
Overnight, they traded minor league infielder Daniel Castro for Kristopher Negron from the Seattle Mariners. Negron is 33, but has played in only 139 major league games. He has, however played 1,439 minor league games. In his time in the majors, he has a slash line of .216/.289/.328. He’s a shortstop/utility player, most likely acquired because of the injuries to both Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez.
The Dodgers’ most recent signing is that of Tyler Thornburg, a relief pitcher that was recently released by the Boston Red Sox. In 16 games for them this season, Thornburg had a an ERA of 7.71 with 22 strikeouts over 18 innings. He also spent some time in Triple-A, where he had a 12.66 ERA. However, he was a decent pitcher in 2016, and has a really good spin rate. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt may be able to spend some time and get him to be a better reliever again.
Lastly (for now), the Dodgers today traded reliever Zac Rosscup to the St Louis Cardinals for cash considerations. He had already been removed from the 40-man roster, so there are no impacts to that concern.
In other roster moves, the Dodgers today placed Kiké Hernandez on the 10-day IL with a left hand sprain, a move that was a long time coming as he has been unable to play since the weekend. Relief pitcher Jamie Schultz was optioned back to Oklahoma City.
In the corresponding moves, Josh Sborz was recalled from Oklahoma City, and Negrón was added to the 40-man roster. Sborz has been pitching well in Triple-A, where he has 14 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings since he was placed on the 10-Day IL in June with lower back soreness. He also has only allowed one home run in Triple-A so far this season.
Starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin was seen in the Dodgers locker room today, as he is expected to make the start in place of Ross Stripling, who was also recently placed on the 10-day IL with right bicep tendonitis.
The latest in the rumor mill, according to Buster Olney of ESPN, is that the Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates have been in deep discussions about relief pitcher Felipe Vasquez, but the pirates want Gavin Lux and the Dodgers are unwilling to part with him. Stay tuned.
The Dodgers now start a three game series at Coors Field, and as usual, hope to just escape there with no injuries and hopefully a win or two.
Tonight the Dodgers will send Kenta Maeda to the mound, who has not won a game since May 31st. He has however had very good success in Denver, where he is 5-1 with a 3.12 ERA. He will face off against Jon Gray who is 9-7 with a 4.05 ERA.
Wednesday’s game has a possibility to be an interesting one, as it starts an hour before the trade deadline ends. If one of the active players is traded , there could be a hug watch in the dugout. The pitchers will be Hyun-Jin Ryu and German Marquez. Game time will be 12:10 PDT.