In a season the Dodgers completed blockbuster moves, relief pitcher Dylan Floro has been one of the most dominant pickups.
Manny Machado and Brian Dozier arrived in Los Angeles within days of each other, white uniforms with a blue script on the chest and a new number on the back awaited in the clubhouse.
Trade rumors involving Machado to the Dodgers were a constant during the All-Star break, just like Dozier rumors to Los Angeles for the last two seasons. Two power bats added to one of the most powerful lineups in baseball.
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But the biggest trade made by Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi has gone unnoticed and cost nearly nothing. In 11 games, Dylan Floro has been a weapon in a shaky bullpen. Floro has only given up three runs in nearly 13 innings in a Dodgers uniform.
Floro has an ERA below 2.20 and WHIP below 0.5 for the Dodgers. The right-hander pitches better against right-handed batters, but his overall dominance can make him the set-up man to Kenley Jansen.
Matching up pitchers to hitters is the Dodgers bullpen philosophy but has taxed their arms in the past. If Floro can hold down left-handed batters to low numbers, he’ll be one of the best weapons out of the bullpen.
This isn’t the first time the former Cal State Fullerton alum has been in the Dodgers organization.
In August 2017, the Dodgers selected Floro off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Floro was never called up to join the major league and became a free agent that October.
With just over a month until spring training, Floro signed with the Cincinnati Reds and dominated under the radar.
Acquired July 4, Zach Neal and international bonus slot money were also included for minor leaguers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala. Considering the market for dominant relievers, trade packages involving top prospects weren’t abnormal. But the Dodgers acquired a dominant reliever, and then some, for nearly nothing.