A look back at the Dodgers trades that took place this week

Welcome to ‘Mound visit Monday’. Every Monday, we’ll take a tour and look back at notable trades the Dodgers have made over the past 20 years.

This week, we’ll be looking at notable trades from January 17-23.

January 18

2011: Signed Gabe Kapler as a free agent

Gabe Kapler is currently the manager of the Giants and was recently named NL Manager of the Year. Kapler was also in the Dodgers organization as a coach, but did you know he was actually signed as a free agent?

After a 12-year career, Kapler was signed by the Dodgers in 2011. He never made it to the regular season, as he was released on March 31, ending his playing career.

In November 2014, Kapler became the Dodgers’ director of player development. He would spend the next few seasons with the organization and was one of the finalists to be named the Dodgers’ new manager following the departure of Don Mattingly. Ultimately, the Dodgers hired Dave Roberts to be their next manager.

January 19

2016: Signed Joe Blanton as a free agent

After a long career in the major leagues, the Dodgers added Joe Blanton to their bullpen. It was his second stint with the Dodgers as he was previously with the club for 10 games in 2012. His first stint wasn’t great as he posted a 4.99 ERA. His second stint was a full 180.

Blanton ended up being one of Los Angeles’ top relievers in 2016. He was also very resilient, appearing in almost half of their games. For the year, Blanton appeared in 75 games and pitched 80 innings. He posted an ERA of 2.48, 3.33 FIP, 1.01 WHIP and 163 ERA+. Looking back on his career, it was arguably his best season.

January 20

2008: Signed Chan Ho Park as a free agent

Just like with Blanton, another pitcher had his second stint with LA. The Dodgers signed Chan Ho Park, who then returned to Los Angeles. He had a great career in Los Angeles from 1994 to 2001.

Seven years and three teams later, Park returned in 2008. At age 35, Park played 54 games with the Dodgers. He was a frequently used arm out of the bullpen and was one of LA’s top options. He posted a 3.40 ERA, his lowest since 2000 with the Dodgers.

January the 21st

2010: Signed Vicente Padilla as a free agent

The Dodgers picked up Vicente Padilla in the 2009 season. After a great tenure with LA to end the season, LA brought him back in 2010. Everyone remembers Padilla mostly because he started on opening day of the Dodgers in 2010. It was always a great question as Clayton Kershaw started a million consecutive openers. next, so you really had to think about who started before Kershaw did his first.

January 22

2007: Signed Pedro Baez as an amateur free agent

It’s really hard to believe that Pedro Baez signed with the Dodgers in 2007. Towards the end of his time in Los Angeles, he was one of the longest-serving players in the organization. Baez signed with the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent from the Dominican Republic. He actually started his career as a third baseman.

After the 2012 season, the Dodgers converted Baez to a pitcher. By then, he had spent almost 500 underage games as an infielder. Well, the move paid off. He was with the Dodgers from 2014 to 2020 and was damn good. Baez appeared in 355 games and posted a 3.03 ERA. In 356 innings of action, Baez also posted a 3.61 FIP, 1.10 WHIP and 132 ERA+.

January 23

2017: Acquisition of Logan Forsythe from Rays

We end this article of the week with an exchange! The Dodgers traded right-handed pitcher Jose De Leon to the Rays in exchange for second baseman Logan Forsythe.

Forsythe was coming off two great years at Tampa Bay where he was one of the most underrated second basemen in the league. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to those expectations. While in Los Angeles, Forsythe hit .218 with an OPS of .639. After hitting 37 homers during the 2015-16 seasons, he hit only eight in 189 games with the Dodgers.

Forsythe was traded at the 2018 trade deadline to the Twins in exchange for Brian Dozier.

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