This season was one of the slowest for the trade market in recent memory which made it twice as difficult for a team to add the key pieces they wanted to add to help them down the stretch. The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the teams that did a very respectable job with the moves they made this year. There was nothing really on a blockbuster scale but each move was a good one that had potential and made good baseball sense.
First of all they traded a reliever that weren’t using to the Chicago Cubs for Carlos Marmol, a pitcher they weren’t using. Marmol worked on himself in the minor leagues for a while and is still struggling at the big league level. He is bound and determined to recollect his former all-star form and his Dodgers season is still young enough for him to have a chance. The best thing about this deal is that if he bombs they still gave no one they were using and got international slot money in the process. It was deal where they had nothing to lose and they still don’t.
Ricky Nolasco was easily the highest profile deal for the Dodgers. Nolasco had a great season for the Miami Marlins and has continued his solid performances through four starts with the Dodgers. He gives the team a chance to win. Every contender needs that worst than anything from their pitchers. The final deal saw them bring in Drew Butera who is a good third catcher. That is what they wanted and why they went to get him. It can’t be a bad deal if you get exactly what you know the team wanted.
The wildcard in this trade deck is the move that was not a trade. They also signed former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson to a contract after he proved he was over Tommy John surgery. Either Wilson or Marmol will contribute, if not both to some degree, Nolasco is already having quality starts and Butera is a good third catcher. All in all this was a great trade season for the Dodgers.