Later in the afternoon, they sent reliever Dylan Floro to the Miami Marlins for reliever Alex Vesla and a prospect. Floro had been a key contributor the Dodgers bullpen. this past season he posted a 2.59 ERA in about 24 innings pitched. Floro got some crucial outs throughout the championship run and pitched in some big playoff games throughout the year.
Vesla, a left-handed reliever, made his Major League debut this season. He struggled, allowing nine runs in just 4.1 innings pitched. He still is only 24 years old and hadn’t pitched past the A level prior to the shortened season.
Neuse can play around the infield, but his primary position is third base, which he didn’t see much of in Oakland. For the Dodgers, it looks as if he’s an option to provide depth on the fringe. Still only 26 years old, he was a second-round pick in 2016 by the Nationals. Neuse made his major league debut in 2019, hitting .250 with seven RBI in 56 at-bats. He didn’t see the majors last season, but he hit 27 homers in Triple-A in 2019.
Varland hasn’t pitched past A-level ball, so he is a pitcher we may see in the big leagues a couple of seasons from now. The 24-year-old throughout 18 minor league games is 2-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 77 strikeouts. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2018 draft out of Concordia University.
The Dodgers parted ways with Kolarek, who was quite effective during his time in Los Angeles. Fans remember him exclusively being used against Juan Soto during the 2019 playoffs. He was used as a left-hander specialist most of the time. Due to MLB implementing the three-batter minimum rule for relievers, his appearances decreased, but he was still relatively efficient. Last season, Kolarek posted a 0.95 ERA with a 3-0 record in 20 appearances. With his exit the Dodgers now only have three left-handed relievers in Victor Gonzalez, Scott Alexander, and Garett Cleavinger.
Thomas, a 26-year-old outfielder, has shown to display power at Double-A Tulsa throughout his time in the minors. He was chosen in the 13th round by the Dodgers in the 2016 MLB draft out of the University of Oklahoma. Dodger fans may remember Thomas from last year’s Spring Training where he played pretty impressively, as he hit five homers and robbed a home run in the outfield.
The Dodgers also announced today that Kirsten Watson will join their broadcast team for Dodgers’ Sportsnet LA. She will do pre and postgame coverage as well as game broadcast and studio programming.
Spring Training is rapidly approaching, and the Dodgers do not seem to be done making additions. Obviously, Justin Turner still remains the big question, but I’d probably expect several more moves before the Dodgers hit Camelback Ranch.