“Dodgers Blue–Lots of Green”
The rich get richer in baseball, because they have the money.
The Dodgers outbid 4-other teams, and traded for Orioles All Star shortstop Manny Machado.
They fill a gaping hole in the infield, created when Corey Seager needed elbow surgery early in the year.
Somehow, the leadership of the last place Orioles, didn’t get any ready-made major league players for Machado, in the final year of his contract. Maybe that’s why Baltimore is some 42-games below .500 in the standings at the All Star break.
They settled for 4-prospects from Class A ball, and a Triple A-journeyuman infielder.
Do you know how far away Rancho Cucamonga is from Baltimore? And I’m not talking miles, I’m talking talent.
How could Baltimore make a deal that did not include a cornerstone young major leaguer. LA still has P-Walker Beuhler, OF-Yasiel Puig, OF-Joc Pederson,, OF-Alex Verdugo, and P-Julio Ulias. The Orioles got none of them in the package.
They wound up top rated young OF-Yusniel Diaz, a .300-hitter with 20-homers, and highly regarded in Class A. A Cuban prospect who was given a 15M-signing bonus package a couple of years ago.
The Birds also got Class A-pitchers, Dean Kremer (5-3)….P-Zach Pope (1.04-7 saves)….3B-Ryan Banner (.296-20HR) ….and veteran AAA-3B-Breyvic Valera.
The deal looks like armed robbery in LA.
Of course the Dodgers will have to find a way to sign Machado to a big free agent contract extension, shelling out big money to him, much like they will have to. to keep iconic pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
The Dodgers have a history of being bold at the trading deadline. Last year they traded for Texas P-Yu Darvish in a deal that cost them top young outfielder Willie Calhoun. Dervish helped get them to the World Series, but then went down in a flames, got hurt, and left for the Cubs as a free agent.
Prior to that, LA made deals a couple of a years ago at the deadline for starter Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Roddick from the A’s for two top minor league pitchers..
LA’s deadline trades include deals for Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, all in deals with the Red Sox in years gone by..
No one has forgotten the arrival of Manny Ramirez, in a short rental, that was spectacular acquisition. You remember Mannywood in Hollywood?
Insurance policy pitchers Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson were also LA late additions in other years.
It’s the law of the land. Big money clubs, willing to take on salaries, made these type of deals to drive home a chance to go deep into postseason. It drives home the brutal disparity that still exists in the game, big market-vs-small market. The 197M payroll LA has compared to the 75M the Padres put out on the field.
The rich get richer, and the poor, in this case the Orioles, get poorer. So do a lot of other franchises, who cannot compete at this level, including the swing-and-miss Padres, whose mail is still being sent to ‘last place-National League West’.