The Dodgers’ current rotation is a bit unfair, yet again.
Although the agreement is still not finalized, there are all indications that this huge blockbuster between Nationals and Dodgers should be in place soon. The Dodgers have acquired Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, and Josiah Gray from the Nationals as part of this major baseball deal.
For those who don’t know, there are now two Cy Young award winners for the Dodgers in October. Max Scherzer was awarded the AL in 2013, and the NL in 2016,-17. Clayton Kershaw is on the IL, but will be back in the near future. He won the NL Cy Young award in 2011, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
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They are both in their 30s but are still top-notch players. Scherzer initiated the All-Star Game of the National League, a decision taken by Dave Roberts in Los Angeles. Kershaw was a 3.39 ERA/2.98 FIIP and had 10.7 K/9 over 18 starts prior to being thrown into the IL.
Kershaw was part of a rotating team that included Trevor Bauer, Walker Buehler and Dustin May at the start of the season. Kershaw is currently on an IL, while Bauer is being investigated for sexual assault. May only lasted five starts. Buehler, Urias and Urias are the only ones who have been able to stay healthy.
Max Muncy, a Colorado All-Star participant said that they had pitched an amazing amount and are now all injured. It’s crazy to think that we have to start pitching again. It’s going to be necessary to figure out a way forward. We will get there.
We are not concerned at all. Take a look at where we are now. Our record is second in baseball, and our team has only been with us for one game.
Scherzer, who will be a free agent following the season, joins the fray, Kershaw returning eventually, and Tony Gonsolin pitching quite well (2.38) in 34 innings. This season, he played nine games, eight starts.
It’s hard to imagine winning a playoff series with the Dodgers while they throw Scherzer Buehler, Kershaw and Kershaw in the first three of their games. It’s crazy.
Let’s evaluate the trade.
Max Scherzer/Trea Turner trade grades
This shouldn’t be surprising if you take the time to read the introduction instead of jumping straight ahead to the grade. The costs of prospect and financial prospects are high, but there is plenty for both the Dodgers and the Dodgers. They will get back any money they spend on luxury taxes penalties with the October run for what would be their second consecutive World Series championship.
According to someone familiar with the matter, Dodgers will assume all of the Turner and Scherzer money.
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This is why the Dodgers’ team tries to get as many young players as they can, in order to make such a big move without destroying a farm system. It was ranked No. 9 in Baseball America’s preseason rankings. Baseball America’s preseason ranking ranked the Dodgers’ system at 9 — however, this is mainly because many of their best prospects are making an impact in big leagues with other teams or the Dodgers. It’s worth noting, however that these two main pieces headed to D.C. weren’t acquired in the draft but through other trades over the years.
Many things have gone wrong this season for the Dodgers, regardless of their records. While we discussed the issues with the rotation, don’t forget about Cody Bellinger, shortstop Corey Seager, and Cody Bellinger, who have only played 47 games each (and struggled tremendously when in the lineup), as well as Mookie Betts, who has been on the IL for a few weeks. They’ve persevered.
They now have Scherzer and Turner in the rotation. The outstanding season Turner has had, despite the recent positive COVID test, is something we have not even mentioned. His Age 28 season is his best yet and he’s a worthy MVP candidate. He has had 18 homers and 21 stolen bases in 96 games. After Seager is back, he’ll be at shortstop, and then shift to second base. Chris Taylor, who has been an exceptional year, will take over as the play-everywhere starter.
Turner will have one year more of arbitration before he is eligible for a free agency after the 2022 season. This gives the Dodgers some security in the event Seager is released as an unrestricted agent. However, it appears that the club intends to keep him on the team for the long-term.
Nationals with B+
We won’t be able to know how the return will shake out for several years but we do know that the Nationals have a couple of prospects they love, in Ruiz Gray and Gray. Ruiz is No. Baseball America ranked Ruiz No. 1 in the Dodgers’ system and No. 16 in baseball. Although he’s a switch-hitting catcher, he would likely be playing with any team in the majors. However, the Dodgers boast a solid tandem in Austin Barnes and Will Smith. Ruiz is 23 years old and batting.311. He has a 1.012 OPS with 16 homers, 45 RBIs, and he played 52 games in Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gray ranks as the No. MLB.com ranks Gray as the No. 42 prospect in baseball. Here’s what they wrote about the former shortstop-turned-pitcher who has a 2.87 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings at Oklahoma City so far this year.
Gray’s fastball of 92 to 97 mph is difficult to catch up with. It seems like Gray explodes at the plate, riding high and increasing life. At the alternative training site, he sharpened his two breaking balls. He tightened up and added some power to Gray’s mid-80s slider. Additionally, he improved his control of his curveball in the upper 70s. Because he hasn’t used it as much since college, his changeup is still a work-in-progress. It features some sink and can sometimes get too firm.
Gerardo Carrillo (a right-handed pitcher) and Donovan Casey (an outfielder), are the other prospects. Carrillo ranks No. According to Baseball America, Carrillo ranks No. 22 in the Dodgers system. Casey doesn’t rank on this list but has an outfield cannon.
Time will show, but two top prospects and two solid shortstops for a pitcher not expected to return next year feels like a good return. It would have been an A if there were more prospects like Carrillo and Casey, but this is probably not the case.
Publited Fri, 30 July 2021 at 04:01:52 +0000