Dodgers: Top 5 Non-Waiver Deadline Trades in the Past 5 Years

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MIAMI, FL – JULY 11: Alex Wood /

1. Hector Olivera, Paco Rodriguez and Zachary Bird for Alex Wood, Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Jose Peraza.

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This was the best trade made at the deadline in the last five years. Wood’s 11-0 start in 2017 definitely pushed this deal beyond the others, but other aspects make it a solid deal.

First off, it seems a bit lopsided just by the number of prospects the Dodgers gave away to the Braves and Marlins. Zachary Bird, Hector Olivera, and a scuffling Paco Rodriguez went to Atlanta. Victor Araujo, Kevin Guzman, and Jeff Brigham went to Miami. In return, the Dodgers got Bronson Arroyo, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson, Jose Peraza, oh and Alex Wood from the Braves. The Marlins sent over Mike Morse and Mat Latos over.

From this deal, only Avilan and Wood remain with the team. With Jim Johnson and Mat Latos, the results scream failure but keep in mind the Dodgers were desperate for pitching help that season. Bronson Arroyo and Mike Morse never even put on Dodger uniforms. So by the end of 2016, this deal looked mediocre at best. As I mentioned before, Wood’s 2017 so far pays this deal off and so does Avilan’s arm in the bullpen.

However, there’s another key part of this deal is Jose Peraza. Jose Peraza was the centerpiece of another trade that brought Trayce Thompson, Micah Johnson, and Frankie Montas over to the Dodgers. And as we already know, Frankie Montas brought Rich Hill to the Dodgers.

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The Dodgers have had a fair share of good deals at the non-waiver deadline. As the 2017 edition of the deadline approaches, the Dodgers appear to be content with making no transactions. Still, they are on the lookout for left-handed relievers, and if the deal presents itself on a silver platter why not take it? The Friedman-Zaidi administration have made some moves that left Dodger fans scratching their heads. But those moves were just brush strokes of the masterpiece that is the 2017 Dodgers.