With just a few days remaining before this summer’s trade deadline, the Dodgers traded super-utility man Zach McKinstry to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a super-veteran reliever in Chris Martin.
We’ve been discussing the Los Angeles bullpen quite a bit lately — particularly the role Craig Kimbrel might play during a prospective 2022 playoff run — and this latest move comes one day after Kimbrel nearly squandered a three-run ninth-inning lead against the Rockies on Friday.
On the first day of league-wide roster expansion, the Los Angeles Dodgers added both righty pitcher Ryan Meisinger and utilityman Zach McKinstry to the team’s active roster, bringing the current count to the full 28 players.
The idea that the Los Angeles Dodgers could benefit from several offensive reinforcements after winning 12 of their last 13 contests might seem a bit unthinkable. However, their skid of losing 15 of 20 games not long ago may suggest otherwise.
The last time Zach McKinstry made an MLB appearance before his oblique strain on April 20, the Dodgers were in control of the National League West with a 14-4 record. The Giants were in second place at 11-6, and the Padres were in third, hovering right around the .500 mark at 10-9.
At the beginning of every winter, there seem to be conversations galore about which player will hold down the fort at second base for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as there are always new players entering the discussions, from prospects in the organization to free agents to some of the wildest trade candidates across the league.