Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
This quote from Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was so overlooked, I completely missed it for two days. I only noticed it just now as I was going over notes for an off-day story. Here it is (words bolded for emphasis):
There were certainly conversations we had with teams where all of our players were at least asked for.
There you have it. If anyone reported that a Dodger player’s name came up in trade discussions this year, they were correct.
Literally every rumor was true.
And yet somehow, not a single player on the Dodgers’ active major league roster was traded. Amazing how that works.
On Thursday the Dodgers completed a three-team, 13-player trade that is believed to be the largest in franchise history.
On Friday, the Dodgers traded Mike Morse to the Pirates for minor league outfielder Jose Tabata.
Morse was one of the seven players acquired Thursday. The Dodgers immediately designated him for assignment. Tabata figures to report to AAA Oklahoma City.
The Detroit Tigers traded pitcher David Price to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday for three left-handed pitching prospects. The Dodgers had been heavily linked to Price in advance of the 1 p.m. Friday trade deadline.
Jairo Labourt, Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris are the three pitchers going to Detroit.
The Blue Jays already acquired star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies earlier in the week.
The Dodgers are in the process of acquiring two starting pitchers — the Miami Marlins’ Mat Latos and the Atlanta Braves’ Alex Wood — in a three-team trade that has yet to be announced. While there was some thought the Dodgers might use Latos or Wood in some combination of players to acquire Price, that ship has sailed.
CHICAGO — Justin Turner said he doesn’t consider himself a prototypical number-three hitter, but he did a prototypical number-three hitter thing in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over the Cubs. The box score is here.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has his eye on starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches.
Here are a few interviews from after the game:
The Dodgers were apparently a footnote to one of the biggest salary dumps in MLB history.
According to CBSsports.com, the Dodgers were involved in discussions with the Angels and Rangers regarding Josh Hamilton “to pay some money while gathering prospects,” before Hamilton was ultimately traded to the Rangers on Monday.
That same day, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said “we’ve had a variety of talks through the last month or so revolving around a number of different possible outcomes. Some of them were more serious than others, but this is the one that always made the most sense for everybody.”
In the end, by not involving the Dodgers in the Hamilton trade, the Angels merely spared us all “old friend alerts” from Eric Stephen on Twitter every time Hamilton did something noteworthy.