The Dodgers this offseason made several trades and acquisitions in the month of December. Trades have taken place at the Major League Baseball (MLB) winter meetings in San Diego, CA where the December 8-11 event produced 13 players changing teams.
From trades, claiming free agents, and reassigning players to minor league contracts December has been full of transactions. The Dodgers started making team moves the first day of December by sending left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin to Triple-A affiliate the Oklahoma City RedHawks. The lefty Martin has spent his entire baseball career in the minors leagues.
The next day right-handed pitcher Matt Magill was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Chris Heisey. Magill only spent the 2013 season with the Los Angeles team where he only pitched in six games. Heisey an outfielder entering his sixth season in the MLB is now listed on the Dodgers current 42-man roster as the third left fielder on the depth chart.
Three days later, the Dodgers claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway from the Boston Red Sox. Lavarnway spent the past five seasons back and forth between the minors and the Red Sox playing only nine games in the majors last season. On the same day back-up catcher Drew Butera was reassigned to the minor leagues. Butera then on the second day of the winter meetings was traded down to cross town rival the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a player to be named later or cash.
A seven-player trade with the Miami Marlins was officially reported today by the Dodgers. Trading away shortstop Miguel Rojas, right-handed pitcher Dan Haren, and 2B Dee Gordon to Miami for left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney, right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher, 2B Enrique Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.
On Wednesday morning second baseman Dee Gordon who was involved in the seven player trade with the Marlins attended Union Elementary School in Los Angeles. He attend the school on behalf of the Dodgers as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). Later Wednesday afternoon the first reports of Gordon being traded to the Marlins started to surface.
Also involved in the seven man trade was former Marlin pitcher Andrew Heaney. Heaney traded to the Dodgers Wednesday afternoon later in the evening was officially a former Dodger when he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for 2B Howie Kendrick. Kendrick who spent 10 seasons with the Angels will now be the new starting second baseman.
Not official but multiple reports say trading in December will continue as shortstop Jimmy Rollins was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies. The 36-year old Rollins will be replacing Hanley Ramirez as the starting shortstop. L.A. lost Hanley Ramirez to the Boston Red Sox who accepted a four-year, $88 million deal signed through 2018.
Reported earlier today is a trade between the Dodgers and their NL West rival the San Diego Padres which sends Matt Kemp to the Padres. The December transaction consists of TIm Federowicz along with Kemp in exchange for Joe Wieland and Yasmani Grandal, a pitcher and catcher respectively, and minor leaguer Zach Eflin. San Diego will also receive about $32 million to payoff the remaining part of the $107 million still owed to Kemp.
Also a free-agent acquisition is being reported for the Dodgers to pick up former New York Yankees pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million deal. The Dodgers Andrew Friedman took over as the new president of baseball operations alongside new general manager Farhan Zaidi on October 14 and since then 10 trades occurred in December.
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