In one of the craziest trade deadlines ever, players began to move left and right in the final hours of the last day. Making one of the biggest splashes again was Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In the biggest blockbuster of the year, the club acquired veteran and multiple Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer along with All-Star shortstop Trea Turner.
The team made the announcement official not long before the deadline.
In return, the Dodgers sent prospects Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, Gerardo Carrillo, and Donovan Casey. Previously, I mentioned I had Ruiz on my untouchables list, but with two players of that caliber coming to the Dodgers, the choice was relatively easy.
In another deal, the Dodgers also acquired left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. The veteran is currently sitting on the disabled list and isn’t expected to return for three to four weeks.
However, the Dodgers stood pat with regards to upgrading their bullpen. Los Angeles was linked to several names such as closer Craig Kimbrel, but he ultimately ended up with the White Sox.
In other long-awaited news, the Dodgers activated shortstop Corey Seager from the 60-day injured list hours before the opener against the Diamondbacks.
Seager had been out since May 15 with a broken hand. It is expected that Turner will play second base when he joins the team.
Slowly but surely, the Dodgers are getting healthier and getting their team back, which is quite a scary sight for opposing pitching. Over the next week or so, they will have Seager, Mookie Betts, and Clayton Kershaw return from the injured list. While also adding Turner and Scherzer.
Scherzer is lined up to make his first start against the Houston Astros next week since he started yesterday for the Nationals, but we will have to wait and see when exactly he’s penciled in.
In a short playoff series in October, the Dodgers can possibly start Walker Buehler, Kershaw, and Scherzer along with the likes of Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, and David Price in the bullpen. The Dodgers still remain three games back of the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.
The Giants also made a move right before the final buzzer of the trade deadline when they traded for 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant, who the Dodgers were also relatively linked to for a period of time.
The Padres also made several significant upgrades, including All-Star Adam Frazier early in the week.
It will definitely be a fun race in the NL West with 60 games to go after one of the most exciting deadlines.
After all the trade deadline craziness, there is still a baseball game left to be played. The Dodgers will play the league-worst Arizona Diamondbacks who are 32-71.
Gonsolin is due to start the opener for Los Angeles. He’s 2-1, with a 2.38 ERA. Starting for Arizona will be right-hander Zac Gallen, who is 1-5 with a 4.80 ERA.
First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. Pacific.