Dodgers Trade Ross Stripling to Blue Jays at Deadline, Plus Other NL West Moves

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The 2020 trade deadline has come and passed, and the Dodgers did not add any members to their already stacked squad.

Many Dodgers fans recognize that the team has few flaws and that getting someone who could “move the needle,” in the words of manager Dave Roberts, might have a price too high. That appears to be what has happened.

There was some flurry of rumors with about a half hour to go before the deadline that the Dodgers had increased talks with the Rangers for starting pitcher Lance Lynn. Many teams were checking in on the big right hander after he took his first loss of the season at the expense of the Dodgers on Saturday, drawing much interest among many clubs as a rotation upgrade. In the end, however, the Rangers felt that no compensation matched what they were looking for and thus, stood pat and did not trade Lynn or Joey Gallo, who had also garnered some interest.

There was some late breaking news for the Dodgers, however, about an hour after the deadline was over. The Dodgers traded starting pitcher Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays for two players to be named later. As they are PTBNL, they are not players who are currently on the Blue Jays’ 60-man roster and they may not be named for awhile.

Stripling, 30, made seven starts for the Dodgers this season, going 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA (21 ER/33.2 IP) and 27 strikeouts. He was tied for the team lead in starts with seven, second in wins and third in strikeouts.

The Texas native had his best season with the Dodgers in his All-Star campaign in 2018, going 8-6 with a 3.02 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 33 games. The right hander was with the Dodgers five seasons, going a combined 23-25 with a 3.68 ERA and 404 strikeouts in 143 games. He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the fifth round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M University.

Stripling looks to find a solid spot at the back end of the Blue Jays rotation and will join former Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. This moves also makes room for Tony Gonsolin to possibly join the starting rotation for good. President of Operations Andrew Friedman told reporters on Monday that they traded Stripling because they wanted Gonsolin in the rotation and didn’t want to move Stripling to the bullpen, especially looking toward next spring training.

“We have a ton of professional and personal respect for Ross and believe he is a major league starting pitcher,” Friedman stated.

While the Dodgers only made one minor move, their counterparts to the south made quite a few deals. The San Diego Padres Monday traded for Mike Clevinger and outfielder Greg Allen in exchange for shortstop Gabriel Arias, catcher Austin Hedges, pitchers Cal Quantrill and Joey Cantillo, infielder Owen Miller and first baseman/outfielder Josh Naylor.

On Sunday, the Padres had competed another trade with the Seattle Mariners. In that transaction, they acquired right handed relievers Dan Altavilla and Austin Adams, and catcher/first baseman Austin Nola in exchange for outfielder Taylor Trammell, infielder Ty France, right handed pitcher Andres Munoz and catcher Luis Torrens.

The Padres currently hold a record of 21-15, five games out of the NL West lead and the second-best record in the NL. There is a good possibility the Dodgers will face them in the playoffs, and they have definitely positioned themselves as a formidable team to be reckoned with.

The Dodgers will face the Padres one more time during the regular season, with a three game series starting September 14th in San Diego.

4 thoughts on “Dodgers Trade Ross Stripling to Blue Jays at Deadline, Plus Other NL West Moves

  1. It seems as though part of the reason for this trade was as a favor to Strip, who has now lost his spot in the rotation to Catman and the bullpen is so crowded that there wasn’t much room for him there either. Ross has done everything they’ve asked of him since he got here and has never complained. If you’re going to do a favor for a player, he’s the one you want to do it for.
    That said, Andrew had the following quote after the trade:
    “We are definitely getting a guy that we like and feel like will fit in really well with our next crop of prospects that are coming. And then another guy that will come from a bigger list.” I’m hoping the trade turns out to be a win-win.

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  2. I’ve got to admit I’m really bummed about Strip being gone, he was one of my absolute favorite guys on the team. He did everything the right way and is a pro’s pro so I understand AF wanting to do the right thing by him. He’s a very talented starter and deserves a rotation spot, we just happen to have some young kids knocking the door down to stake their spot and we couldn’t keep them waiting any longer. I’m a little worried if we have an injury though as we will suddenly be thin on starters since Alex Wood is anyone’s guess as to his health. Here’s to Ross and everything he gave to our success over the years. Since you’re heading north of the border it seems fitting that I’m enjoying my favorite Canadian whiskey right now. I dedicate this Crown n’ seven in my hand to you buddy. Cheers and Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

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  3. I don’t know about you guys, but I wasn’t all that impressed with the return the Indians got for Clevinger.
    One top ten prospect, and three other guys, we should have been able to do better than that.

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    1. They got 6 players back, and one of them is expected to be their starting SS should they trade Lindor or lose him to free agency. The 3 major leaguers they got back all fill holes in their offense and defense. Hedges is a much better defensive catcher than either of the catchers now on the roster. Naylor will slide right into a starters job since the Indian outfield is abysmal offensively. And Quantril is a really decent relief pitcher who can also start. Cleveland is pretty much a lock to make the playoffs anyway. And here is one for you, the power rankings came out today, and the Padres, even after all of that activity are rated # 10. Cleveland is rated # 4.

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