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’.
Atlanta received touted Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, injured reliever Paco Rodriguez and Minor League pitching prospect Zach Bird from Los Angeles.
Miami received Minor League pitchers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman from the Dodgers and sent a Competitive Balance Draft pick to Atlanta.
As soon as the deal surfaced the Dodgers sent Bronson Arroyo and Chris Hatcher straight to the 60-day DL to make room for the new players along with “RHP Brandon Beachy, OF Chris Heisey, IF/OF Michael Morse and RHP Chin-Hui Tsao for assignment. (4/4)” –@Dodgers
Morse was owed 7.5 million dollars for the remainder of the year, Beachy with just 2.5 million but even with Tsao’s minimal contract the Dodgers’ front office and the luxury of being able to spend pretty much all they’d like. Morse being DFA’d is a big deal for LA but seeing as he has been struggling severely this year, only hitting .214 with just 4 home runs, a sign he’s peak may be over.
The effects on the Dodgers however is extreme with now a rotation of Kershaw, Greinke, Latos, Ryu (when he is healthy) and Wood becoming one of the best 5 man pitching line-ups in all of baseball.
Even though the Dodgers lost a man they paid 27.5 million dollars for and is owed 70 odd million more in Hector Olivera, they still managed to hold onto their own top prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias, a big selling point for the deal rumoured with Hamels, one of the reasons it didn’t go through as LA didn’t want to part ways with the two being so close to the big leagues.
After all this it is clear the Dodgers want the World Series ring and they want it now, no real prospects were gained that would have an affect this year or next and with the addition of 3 veterans just shows how much this means to the front office and that they’ll spend any amount to get it.