Yasiel Puig’s mother, Maritza (right) threw the ceremonial first pitch to her son on Wednesday night. “I’m going to ask the Dodgers to see if they can have some more bobblehead nights and have my mom throw out the first pitch as much as possible,” he said through an interpreter. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Before the Dodgers beat the Oakland A’s 10-7 on Wednesday night, I asked J.P. Howell about a possible reunion with David Price, his teammate from 2008-12 in Tampa Bay. Howell would welcome a reunion, of course, but did not want to see the Dodgers’ clubhouse broken up. By the end of the night, it was entirely possible that the Dodgers could acquire Price without giving up a single player in the room. That, not the game, dominated the story I filed tonight.
As for the game, a lot happened.
Cole Hamels has been linked to the Dodgers in trade rumors for years. Wednesday night, it was reported by multiple outlets that Hamels will be traded to the Texas Rangers instead.
The Rangers are currently eight games out of a wild card spot in the American League. It’s theoretically possible that Hamels could still be flipped to the Dodgers (who are already in the process of making a flurry of trades), but this is not considered the expectation within the league.
Earlier today, it was reported that the Dodgers would be sending three minor league pitchers to the Miami Marlins to acquire Mat Latos and Mike Morse. Later today, it was reported that the Atlanta Braves were also involved in the trade, and the Dodgers would be sending another trove of players to Atlanta.
Now, the three minor league pitchers going to the Marlins have been identified:
Per a source, Brigham hasn’t been told he is part of the deal yet but that could change at any moment.
Brigham was pulled from his start for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga yesterday. A fourth-round draft pick out of the University of Washington in 2014, the 23-year-old right-hander is 4-5 with a 5.96 earned-run average for Rancho Cucamonga.
Araujo, 22, was signed as a free agent out of Mexico by scout Mike Brito. He’s 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 32 games at Rancho Cucamonga, all in relief. He has 55 strikeouts and 14 walks in 50 innings.
Guzman, a 20-year-old right-hander, has a 3.90 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) at low-A Great Lakes.