It was Trade Deadline Day, usually identified as Andrew Friedman Appreciation Day, a day typically rollicking with the popping of corks and slapping of backs.
Nonetheless for a Dodgers business that commonly wallops every single transaction out of the park, Tuesday was filled with a peculiar, solitary sound.
It was the swish of a strikeout.
This time, Goliath didn’t pillage. This time, the loaded didn’t get richer. This time, the mighty Dodgers bought, very well, Padre’d.
Is that a term? It ought to be.
By allowing for by themselves to be outbid by their San Diego neighbors for the terrific, young Juan Soto, the Dodgers bought Padre’d.
By failing to acquire a capable arm past middle reliever Chris Martin even though their San Diego buddies traded for baseball’s best closer in Josh Hader, the Dodgers got Padre’d.
By acquiring another underwater hitter in Joey Gallo even though their San Diego good friends additional steady swinging Josh Bell, the Dodgers got Padre’d.
No, the Dodgers aren’t going to blow their double-digit lead in the National League West to that 2nd-area crew in the humorous uniforms. The Dodgers have baseball’s best-rated pitching workers and second-ranked offense. They’re not folding. Of course, the Dodgers can nonetheless win the Entire world Collection with their present-day roster, and in all probability should really.
But make no miscalculation, this trade opens a three-calendar year window on the Padres’ championship hopes, with the 23-year-outdated Soto currently being beneath club regulate for 3 pennant races. At the very same time, it marginally closes the window on a Dodgers workforce that this winter will develop a minimal older, a minor creakier, and could get rid of one of their co-MVPs, Trea Turner, to cost-free company.
And what if … this Oct … the Padres endure the newfangled wild-card round and someway satisfy the Dodgers in the divisional or league championship collection? And what if they perform a winner-get-all sport?
The Dodgers will be led by their all-environment foursome of Mookie Betts, Turner, Freddie Freeman and Will Smith. But the Padres can now counter with a foursome of Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Soto and Bell.
The Dodgers have the setting up pitching edge, but not by considerably, especially when you take into account their Corridor of Famer Clayton Kershaw is fragile, their ace Walker Buehler is injured, their supporter favored Julio Urías is inconsistent, and their stopgaps Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson aren’t playoff proven.
The Dodgers then might have to near with a rickety Craig Kimbrel, whilst the Padres will end with the heat from Hader.
In a one-match collection, who you bought?
Never response that.
“They built their team way superior in the previous pair of days and we look ahead to that opposition,” Dodgers baseball manager Friedman stated of the Padres on Tuesday throughout a conference simply call with reporters.
The thought that these Padres had been even in the Dodgers’ league was unthinkable just a couple times back, but their general manager, A.J. Preller, emptied his pockets for the Nationals to get Soto and seemingly outbid a wealthy and deep firm that need to by no means be outbid by everyone for nearly anything.
Friedman ordinarily owns this day, try to remember? Yu Darvish, Manny Machado, Max Scherzer and Turner, recall? And then there was the offseason trade for Betts.
Does any relaxed supporter remember all of the prospective clients traded for those players? Historical past will demonstrate that it is just about usually value it to trade young ones for superstars. In Soto’s scenario, he is both equally a kid and a superstar, a unicorn of a player who was traded only for the reason that he wasn’t going to take the rebuilding Nationals’ deal supply of 15 a long time at $440 million.
Soto was a at the time-in-a-lifetime acquisition, and while the Dodgers did not particularly have to have him, they certainly did not want him to go to one of their division rivals.
It might be the most significant gamble of Friedman’s illustrious profession in this article that this was allowed to happen.
“Our track report would propose that definitely we would have been aggressive in making an attempt to determine some thing out,” Friedman said.
But he admitted that with the team participating in so well, his past willingness to give up their finest prospects was rather lessened.
”We felt actually very good about the workforce that we have in put,” he stated, afterwards including, “We have a genuinely unique dynamic in that place appropriate now, it’s some thing that we’re cognizant of.”
Understood. But if they weren’t heading to chase Soto with their elite prospective buyers like catcher Diego Cartaya, pitcher Bobby Miller and third baseman Miguel Vargas — who was just introduced to the massive leagues Tuesday — then why didn’t they go somewhere else for some starting up pitching depth? Why not make a significant operate for Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, who finished up with the Seattle Mariners? Or convey back again house Frankie Montas, who grew to become a New York Yankee?
Friedman feels they will include a good deal of pitching when a number of effective arms return in the following six months from damage to be part of newly active Andrew Heaney. He’s speaking about the likes of Dustin Might, Blake Treinen, and, most likely, even longshot Buehler.
“With some blend of arms we have most likely coming again … it spoke to possessing a higher bar,” he stated. “We felt really very good about the opportunity of what our pitching team can seem like in Oct.”
Nevertheless which is a different gamble, specially with the rotation. In the up coming two months, the complications at the back again of the bullpen can be set with various revolving relievers, but the situation at the front of the rotation continues to be unsure.
“I experience superior about the group that we have in location and the way they have performed,” said Friedman. “If we have an acute need to have, you are going to see us be more on tilt. I come to feel great about how intense we have been.”
But have been they aggressive plenty of? The response will occur in Oct. The Padres will be ready.