13 Player, One Pick Trade Sees LA on top

With the talk surrounding David Price to LA ending after he got dealt to Toronto and then Cole Hamels with his rumour of landing in LA, after his perfect game in Philadelphia coming to a close with his trade to the Rangers the Dodgers were still left with an apparent need for a big name starter. Enter Mat Latos.

The deal was only spoke about for two or three days in the media before it was announced but in the end the deal will have monumental effects on all three teams’ play off runs. For LA they could be a realistic shot at the World Series ring, Atlanta can bolster the bullpen with their additions and also the 70 million dollar man Olivera where as Miami I think just lost out in this deal.

Los Angeles acquired starting pitchers Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, slugger Michael Morse and infield prospect Jose Peraza. The Dodgers also received cash considerations from both Atlanta and Miami, this wont help though with Morse’s contract coming on board and also Latos’.

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Yasiel Puig Getting Traded?

Yesterday the Dodgers announced that Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig was available to be traded away come the deadline in 3 days but “only if demands are met”, this could be either a huge success for LA or a terrible one, but what would the Dodgers get out of a deal like this.

Puig has hit .305 with 35HR and 111 RBI in his first ever 250 games in the majors. These are all star numbers and he is only a sophomore in the league. In fact in his first 2 years he was 15th and 19th respectively in MVP voting, and also being 2nd in the NL for Rookie of the Year in 2013.

There isn’t any doubt among the league that Yasiel could be a star, which is why the terms would have to blow the Dodgers away for this once in a generation player.

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Zack Greinke’s Early Case for the NL Cy Young

After today’s dominant performance over the Washington Nationals, going 8 scoreless innings with 8 strikeouts, Zack Greinke is firming as favourite for the National League Cy Young winner and rightly so.

Zack started the All Star game, last week too, going two innings and only allowing the lead off homerun by super star Mike Trout. This one run was the only one he has allowed in his last 45 and 2/3 innings of baseball. In the MLB though that feet now is up to 43 and 2/3 scoreless innings, tying Orel Hershiser for most consecutive scoreless starts by a Dodger at 6.

Not only has he got a record of 8-2 in just 18 games started but he also has an ERA of 1.39, challenging Bob Gibson’s modern day era record of 1.12 in 1968. Zack’s ERA is lower than ever for Clayton Kershaw, even last season when he did the double, winning the Cy Young and the MVP.

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3 Reasons Why Clayton Kershaw Should be an All Star

With the bulk of the rosters set and in a game that does actually count, there seems to be one blaring omission from Bruce Bochy’s National League team to represent the league on July 14 in Cincinnati. Clayton Kershaw has been lights out over the past two and bit years with the rest of his career being just short of the high standards he sets for himself and the fact that he isn’t in the team as of now, is an outrage.

Sure he is in the final vote and is a one in 5 chance at the spot but the Texas native needed to have his spot secured by either the fans or Bochy before it got to this.

Even some of the most recognised national pundits apparently agree, as ESPN’s Buster Olney listed Kershaw the most glaring omission from either league. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal urged fans to vote for Kershaw and “save our sport from looking dumb.”

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Does Justin Turner Deserve to be an All Star?

With the All Star weekend fast approaching and voting well underway, there are still many positions with massive debates over who should be starting them. In the NL especially where the voting hasn’t been a joke and where there isn’t a team who was 8 of the 9 starters the votes are close, especially in the infield.

Does Justin Turner fit into this list with the likes of Dee Gordon, Jhonny Peralta, Todd Frazier and Brandon Crawford? In my eyes he should be on the NL’s list and even with a chance at starting on July 14 in The Great American Ballpark.

Not only has he recently been promoted to the third spot in the LA line up and even overtaken the hot Adrian Gonzalez (who is 2nd on the 1st base voting) he has also had a career best year in home runs and only 15 RBIs off his best with half the season to go.

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