Say hey, baseball: The Dodgers traded for every player in baseball
Sorry everyone, Thursday’s baseball indicates there are no more players. The Dodgers took all of them.
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The Dodgers look just a little different on Thursday morning than they did 24 hours ago. Let’s take it from the top. First, they surprised everyone by making a deal to take Phillies lifer Jimmy Rollins for themselves to play shortstop and keep prospect Corey Seager’s seat warm for a year. Then we found them trading Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, and Dan Haren’s entire 2015 salary to the Marlins for one of the best lefty pitching prospects in baseball, Andrew Heaney, as well as a pile of interesting prospect stuff.
So they opened a hole at second base and in the rotation, the latter of which was welcome since it gave them flexibility to bring in a new pitcher. That pitcher ended up being Twitter darling and professional ground balling righty Brandon McCarthy, who was signed for four years and $48 million in the middle of the night. Then the Dodgers flipped Heaney for Angels’ second baseman Howie Kendrick, which is about as win-now a move as you can get considering Kendrick is a one-year rental and Heaney could have been in the Dodgers’ rotation for six years. The Dodgers are loaded with cash, though, and good second basemen are rare: Andrew Friedman and Co. want to win now while the core they have is still going at full speed.
That core will no longer include Matt Kemp, as he has reportedly been sent to the Padres in exchange for Yasmani Grandal and a couple of pitching prospects. Grandal is an upgrade behind the plate, and while Kemp was the Dodgers’ best non-Puig outfielder, they just have too many of them on hand to justify not moving at least one.
The Angels made out very well by getting Heaney, as they desperately needed a rotation upgrade, and pitcher-friendly Angels Stadium of Anaheim will help ease his transition to the majors and the AL. They’ve already plugged the hole at second by dealing with the Rockies for Josh Rutledge — he’ll probably compete with Grant Green for the gig — and while neither is Kendrick, they don’t have to be. The Angels had one of the best offenses in baseball last year yet again, but still needed arms, and Heaney certainly fits that bill, as Marlins fans are well aware.
- James Shields was a popular man at the winter meetings following Jon Lester’s signing with the Cubs, as he met with the Rangers early on, and then both the Red Sox and Giants later in the day.
- We assigned new homes to the remaining major seven free agents. Oh, right, right. Brandon McCarthy signed. Ahem. We assigned new homes to the remaining six major free agents.
- Why would Jon Lester choose the Cubs, anyway? They’re so… Cubs-like. That might have been part, but not all, of the appeal.
- If you’re still confused about why the A’s would deal Brandon Moss — and it’s okay to be confused by this one — then this explanation should help.
- The Mariners could sign Melky Cabrera for a bunch of years and a lot of money, or they could make a trade for an outfielder. Which is a better move for Seattle?
- Justin Upton trade rumors continue to swirl, but does he make sense on the Orioles for a year?
- You can ask the Angels about trading for Mike Trout. Really, you can!
- The Giants missed out on Pablo Sandoval, Yasmany Tomas, and Jon Lester. So, uh, what now?
- The Cubs have Lester, Jason Hammel, and Miguel Montero, but they aren’t done just yet. In fact, they can’t be done just yet, because this team isn’t finished being built.
- The Braves’ new stadium is not built yet, but someone out there keeps on releasing new renderings of what it will someday look like when it’s built. If you’re into that sort of thing.
- The Red Sox traded for starting pitcher Wade Miley, supposedly. Unless you ask the Diamondbacks, who are busy denying this to be the case even as they change the locks and pack Miley into a shipping container marked for “Boston”.