Another trade deadline has come and gone. The Dodgers, with an NL-best record of 69-33, were rumored to be interested in some huge names. Ultimately, they kept the farm system intact and didn’t make any significant trades.
Let’s look at each trade Andrew Freidman and company did today.
Mitch White to The Blue Jays
Right-handed pitcher Mitch White and minor league infielder Alex De Jesus were traded to Toronto for minor league pitchers Nick Frasso and Moises Brito. White is the biggest name in this trade; the righty had been up and down with the Dodgers all year until he was recently optioned to Triple-A. Ultimately, it came down to the Dodgers not having room on the MLB roster for White with so many players about to return from injury.
It sort of reminds me of the trade the Blue Jays swung for Ross Stripling in 2020. White will now get an opportunity to cement himself on an MLB pitching rotation. De Jesus was in A+ and was signed in 2018 by the Dodgers. Frasso made it as high as A-ball and is 25 years old. Brito is a 20-year left-handed pitcher out of the Dominican Republic and is currently in High A.
Jake Lamb to Seattle
Lamb signed with the Dodgers on a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training this winter. He was called up in late June by the Dodgers, providing a nice left-handed bat off the bench. Lamb hit .239 with two homers in 67 at-bats for the Dodgers after his promotion.
Lamb was traded to the Mariners for a player to be named later. Once again, it just comes out to the Dodgers being a deep team. There aren’t enough spots, especially with the Dodgers players returning from the injured list.
Joey Gallo to the Dodgers
The only major leaguer headed to the Dodgers from today’s trades is outfielder Joey Gallo. Gallo’s struggles with the Yankees have been talked about widely since he was traded to New York in 2021, and it quite never panned out. The Dodgers hope they could add a few tweaks in his swing.
Gallo is currently hitting .159 with 12 homers and 24 RBI, and his OPS is at .621, similat to the low numbers of Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger.
Gallo was traded for right-handed pitching prospect Clayton Beeter. Beeter was an All-Star in the Dodgers minor league organization in 2021; however, the 23-year-old has struggled in Double-A this season, posting a 5.75 ERA.
Martin made his Dodger debut yesterday, giving up a home run in one inning of work.
To end, the Padres made a flurry of moves, obviously trading for Juan Soto, in which the Dodgers were finalists. San Diego also added Josh Hader, Josh Bell, and Brandon Drury. It certainly makes them better, but they’re still 12 games back of the Dodgers. So the Dodgers are still in control and look to win another division title.
However, the Dodgers and Padres should be a fun series this weekend at Chavez Ravine.