After the Dodgers swapped minor leaguers with the St. Louis Cardinals on Easter, the Dodgers swapped minor leaguers with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.
On Monday, it was announced that the Dodgers acquired right-handed reliever Jesus Liranzo from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for left-handed reliever Luis Ysla. The Dodgers had acquired Ysla for cash considerations in 2017 from the Boston Red Sox. Ysla posted an ERA over six with the Tulsa Drillers last season.
This is the second trade in two days for Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi as they traded for Breyvic Valera on Easter Sunday. In Liranzo the Dodgers get a hard-throwing reliever who just turned twenty-three years old at the beginning of March. Liranzo spent last season with the Bowie Baysox and put up a disappointing 4.85 ERA although he held batters to a .224 average and struck out 75 hitters in only 65 innings.
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Liranzo was much better in 2016 for the Delmarva Shorebirds and Baysox as he put himself onto the radar of O’s manager Buck Showalter. In 2016 between Single-A and Double-A, Liranzo struck out 66 batters in 53 innings and put up a minuscule 1.87 ERA. He held batters to an amazingly low .116 average, and his WHIP was 0.89.
This is what Buck Showalter said about Jesus Liranzo back in 2017:
"“He’s an interesting guy, especially when you think he’s only going to pitch at 22 this year,” Showalter said. “He’s basically a college senior coming out. He’s got a good arm. He’s got those high legs and the big hands and all the things that, if you were a scout and walked in, that guy would get your attention. He’s got a good feel for pitching. Everybody likes him. Our guys have done a great job with some of the physical issues that he’s had when he got here and it looks like that’s behind him, knock on wood.”"
It is not yet known which minor league team Liranzo will report to since the Dodgers are still sorting out and announcing their official minor league rosters. He could report to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes or the Tulsa Drillers as it is highly unlikely he will report to Triple-A at this point. This move is another low-risk high reward type trade that the Dodgers front office has come to love.
If Liranzo pans out the Dodgers have yet another young flamethrower option for their bullpen and if he does not then the Dodgers did not lose anything but another minor leaguer who was not playing well for them. Liranzo is a few years younger than Ysla so the Dodgers also acquired a younger pitcher in the deal. Will the front office make another trade tomorrow to keep the streak going?