In what turned out to be a relatively quiet trading period, the Dodgers opted not to make any significant trades in the days and hours leading up to the trading deadline.
The team did make one small deal leading up to the deadline. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the team acquired minor league catcher Drew Butura from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later. There is no indication that Burtura will be joining the big club and might just be insurance at the position for the minor league AAA affiliate Albuquerque Isotopes.
This is not to say that the Dodgers have been completely quiet this year. General Manager Ned Colletti got an early jump on the Hot Stove when he traded three minor league pitchers to the Miami Marlins on July 6th for right-handed starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco, who has been effective since coming to the Dodgers, going 1-1 with a 3.13 ERA since being acquired. The Dodgers also made a DFA swap, sending Matt Guerrier to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Carlos Marmol and an international signing slot that raised the amount of money that they could offer to international players by over $200,000. And while it wasn’t a trade, the club also signed Brian Wilson yesterday to a $1 million contract to help bolster their bullpen.
The non-waiver deadline has passed, but waiver wire trades are possible for the remainder of the season, with August 31st being the deadline to make a move that would still enable a player to be on a post-season roster. Last season, the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Nick Punto and Carl Crawford in a waiver wire blockbuster that changed the faces of both the Red Sox and Dodgers franchises.
If there’s a waiver wire deal to be had, we’ll have it here on The Blog.
- Dodgers Hot Stove For The Last 24 (okay, 25 1/2) Hours (ericsdodgersblog.wordpress.com)
- Dodgers Hot Stove: The Last 48 Hours, And The Burners Are On “Low” (ericsdodgersblog.wordpress.com)
- Dodgers sign former Giants closer Brian Wilson (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)