How All Of The Dodgers Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Los Angeles Dodgers – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching. It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.
Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.
If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.
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The Hitters In 2014 (Date Of Birth/or Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Adrian Gonzalez (5/18/82) 1B: August 25, 2012: Traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with players to be named later, James Loney and Allen Webster from the Boston Red Sox for Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and cash.
Nick Punto (11/8/77) 2B/3B/SS: .258/.335/.660 in 329 AB for the LAD so far. Punto was granted Free Agency in 2013.
Josh Beckett (5/15/80) SP: LAD Career: GP – 35, 8 – 14 with a 3.39 ERA after a nice 2.88 ERA (and a no hitter in 20 Game Starts for 2014) before season ending injuries wiped out his campaign.
It was a trade that helped both franchises immediately. Boston won the 2013 World Series, and Los Angeles made it to Game #6 of the NLCS in the year following the trade.
McCough had a great year in the Minors for Jacksonville (AAA affiliate of the Marlins), and should be elevated to the big clubs soon.
Randy Choate (9/5/75) RP: October 29, 2012: Granted Free Agency. Choate appeared in 36 Games (4.05 ERA in 13.1 IP as a LHP specialist), in 2012 for the Dodgers (and led the NL in total APP during 2012, when he was with LAD/MIA.)
Uribe signed a 3 YR/$21 MIL deal for 2011 – 2013. He Slashed .237/.295./.399 in three injury riddled campaigns – before he extended. 2013 saved it from a total bust, as he had a .769 OPS – with 12 HRs and 50 RBI – solidifying the hot corner for the team.
Uribe also hit a massively clutch HR in Game #4 for Los Angels, clinching their 1st RD series. The Veteran has made his hits count in the playoffs for the Giants, White Sox and Dodgers, hitting 5 HRs and 22 RBI for 134 AB in the playoffs.
Ethier’s LA Career: .288/.362/.832 – with 141 HRs and 587 RBI.
Milton Bradley as an A’s player: .279/.371//.818 – with 16 HRs and 59 RBI In 41 – before being traded to the Padres.
Antonio Perez had a cup of coffee with the A’s.
Winner of this trade was the Dodgers!
All of these guys never played significantly for any of the clubs. Perez just happened to be traded in the A’s deal for Ethier.
Milton Bradley (4/15/78) OF/DH: April 3, 2004: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later and Franklin Gutierrez. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Andrew Brown (May 19, 2004) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.
This deal ends up being Franklin Gutierrez and Milton Bradley for Andre Ethier in essence. Win Los Angeles.
Brutal Trade for the Dodgers, letting go of Sheffield for a brutal few months of Jordan. There were just fortunate to acquire Ethier back later in the chain.
Gary Sheffield. (11/16/88) SS/3B/OF: May 14, 1998: Traded by the Florida Marlins with Manuel Barrios, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich and Charles Johnson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile.
While Preston Wilson struggled in Miami, he was used as a trade chip to acquire Juan Pierre (who helped them win a World Series in 2003).
Piazza was awesome in New York (.296/.371/.915) with 220 HRs and 655 RBI in 3478 AB – spanning 8 years with the New York Mets.
But to analyze the trade we are talking about, it was Sheffield in LA (He had 3 straight 30+ HR years, including a career high 43 in 2000. Sheffield slugged .998 in his 3 years in LAD.
The Dodgers were lucky to use a piece in the Atlanta trade coming back for Sheffield to acquire Ethier (via Milton Bradley).
Charles Johnson had 12 HRs and an OPS of .638 for the club, before being traded by the Dodgers.
The Dodgers beat the Marlins straight up in assets being traded – as Piazza ended up only netting the club Juan Pierre for a few years.
If you look at how the LA club did in having Sheffield for 3 years, compared to 8 for the Mets having Piazza, the Dodgers should have kept him.
Todd Zeile (9/19/65) C/1B/3B: December 8, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Zeile had an .801 OPS for the Marlins for half of a season before being traded to the Rangers for two Minor Leaguers.
Jim Eisenreich (4/18/59) OF/1B: October 27, 1998: Granted Free Agency. Eisenrich hit .197 in 127 AB with LA before retiring.
Charles Johnson was traded by the Mets right away from Armando Benitez.
Todd Hundley (5/27/69) C: October 27, 2000: Granted Free Agency. Hundley hit 48 HRs and added 125 RBI in this 2 year stretch for the Dodgers in 1998 and 1999. He did this in just 675 AB.
I call this trade a draw. Hundley provided a good Catcher for 2 years, filling the void vacated by Piazza, and Benitez (asset for Johnson) and Cedeno were key players on a Mets World Series Appearance in 2000.
Mel Rojas had a 12.60 ERA for the squad in 5 IP. Bonilla did not have a triumphant return to the Big Apple, with a .160/.277/.322- with 4 HRs and 18 RBI. This trade was a loser for both clubs too.
Dave Mlicki had a 5.46 ERA in 67 Game Starts for the Tigers. Rojas was blown out of Detroit – with a 22.74 ERA in 6.1 IP. Robinson Checo had a 10.74 ERA in 15.2 IP for LAD. This trade is a tie for ineptness all around.
Mlicki was 7 – 4, with a 4.10 ERA in 20 Game Starts for the Dodgers.
Greg McMichael had a 4.40 ERA in 12 Games for the Dodgers – and then a 4.06ERA in his return to the Mets for the 2nd half. In 1999, he had an ERA of 4.82
Brian Bohanon. (8/1/68) RP: October 27, 1998: Granted Free Agency – after sporting a sparkling 2.40 ERA in 14 Game Starts
Winner of that trade was Los Angeles. (Bohanon for McMichael)
Nomo was released by the Mets after a 4.82 ERA in 16 Game Starts.
Clontz only threw a few innings for the Mets.
Winner of the Mlicki and McMichael for Nomo and Clontz was the Dodgers based on Mlicki’s good year for the team.
Brian Jordan (4/29/67) OF: October 28, 2003: Granted Free Agency.
Dessens had a 3.74 ERA in 8 Game Starts and relief work for the Dodgers (108 IP).
Odalis Perez authored a 10 – 15 record, and a 5.59 ERA for KC. The other two guys never made the majors. Winner was slightly LA.
Clark hit for a .601 OPS in just 58 AB for the Dodgers before he was released.
Elmer Dessens. had a 6.60 ERA in 12 Games for the Brewers.
Tim Federowicz (8/15/87) C: July 31, 2011: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Boston Red Sox with Juan Rodriguez (minors) and Stephen Fife to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Trayvon Robinson to the Seattle Mariners. The Boston Red Sox sent Chih-Hsien Chiang (minors) to the Seattle Mariners. The Seattle Mariners sent Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to the Boston Red Sox.
Stephen Fife (10/5/86) SP: In 17 Games Pitches in (15 GS) – Fife has an ERA of 3.66 in 91 IP.
Juan Rodriguez (12/12/88) RP: Was promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2012 – after a solid year with Great Lakes. He has battled injury and conduct detrimental to the team suspensions. Hasn’t played since.
Trayvon Robinson (9/1/87) OF: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft. Had a .602 OPS in 288 AB for the Mariners so far. He re-signed with the franchise in Jan of 2014 – and is in AAA with Albuquerque.
LA has really won this trade and Stephen Fife looks like he might be a good thrower.
The son of former Major Leaguer Andy Van Slyke.
The 2nd guy on the team that has a former Major League for a dad in Tom Gordon,
Darwin Barney ( 11/8/85) 2B: July 28, 2014: Traded by the Chicago Cubs with cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Jonathan Martinez (minors) (July 30, 2014) to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade.
Jonathan Martinez (6/27/94) RP: Was signed as an International Free Agent in 2011.
Drew Butera (8/9/83) C: July 31, 2013: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Miguel Sulbaran (minors) (August 13, 2013) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.
Miguel Sulbaran (3/19/94) P: Was signed as an International Free Agent in 2011.
Miguel Rojas (2/24/89) 2B/3B/SS; Signed as a Minor League Free Agent in 2013.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
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