The five-player swap is the Dodgers’ largest — and so far only — move on the day of baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. Trades must be completed by 1 p.m. Pacific Time.
It’s trade rumor season, in case you haven’t noticed. The Dodgers have too much depth on their 40-man roster, too many top-100 prospects, and too many needs at the major league level not to make a trade before the July 31 deadline. Or so the prevailing wisdom goes.
Ramsey and Walters have been assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Neither player was in the lineup for the Dodgers’ noon game in Nashville.
The Dodgers are talking to “numerous teams” about a possible Alex Guerrero trade, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Guerrero, a career .303/.386/.528 hitter in Cuba, had a .233/.261/.434 slash line last season after falling into a deep second-half slump. Besides having no obvious place in the Dodgers’ batting order, Guerrero hasn’t had a primary position since he defected either.
Kendrick, who turns 33 in July, appeared in 117 games last season, his fewest this decade, by virtue of a hamstring injury. He posted a .295/.336/.409 slash line along with nine home runs and 54 RBIs.
The Dodgers re-signed veteran Chase Utley to a one-year, $7 million contract in December. He and Enrique Hernandez stood to split time at second base if the Dodgers didn’t bring back Kendrick. The Dodgers also acquired Micah Johnson, a left-handed hitting second baseman, from the Chicago White Sox in the trade that sent Jose Peraza and Scott Schebler to the Cincinnati Reds.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw inadvertently broke the news earlier Friday.
Speaking at a team function at Los Angeles City Hall, Kershaw said of the team’s position players, “obviously Howie’s still in the mix. Other than Jimmy (Rollins) I feel like we have our team back.”