The Dodgers were in need of bullpen help early in the year. Daniel Hudson never really got the job done and with Kenley Jansen having a rough season both medically and on the diamond, making a trade well before the deadline felt more like a necessity than a desire.
So, on July 4th, the Dodgers went and traded for Dylan Floro from the Reds, parting with two prospects many people considered to be way too good for the deal, James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala.
Looking back on the trade, the Dodgers pulled off a steal, acquiring a guy that was not only lights out this season, but a player they can hold on to for the next few years to reap the benefits of a 27-year old pitcher.
In 2018, Floro played well with both Cincinnati and Los Angeles. In 64 innings, he has a 2.25 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP. Not enough for you? In 2018, Floro has worked his way to a 183 ERA+, remember, the league average mark is 100.
The overall numbers for the right-handed setup man are really solid. But, if you narrow them down to just his time with the Dodgers, the 27-year old was elite.
In 27.2 innings, Floro has a 1.63 ERA, a 1.048 WHIP, a 10.1 K/9 rate and a 244 ERA+. Floro was the answer to the front office’s prayers and he proved it on the field.
The Dodgers have a lot to look forward to with Floro as well. He will not be a free agent until 2024 and with the LA bullpen always being a question mark, a consistent mark for success in Floro will be something to look forward to every season. The team had names like Kenley Jansen, Scott Alexander and Josh Fields out of the bullpen but the guy who gets less attention than all three of those other guys, Dylan Floro, could very well have been the best.