It is officially trade season and, as they are every year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be buyers. While a massive trade does not seem to be in the cards this year (unless the team does indeed break the bank for Juan Soto), the Dodgers will still most likely make a move or two.
We know that because Andrew Friedman has been very active in improving the roster at every turn since taking over as President of Baseball Operations. Friedman is responsible for building the juggernaut that we see in LA today and he has made a litany of moves to make that possible.
That raises the question: what are the best trades that Friedman has made? There have been a lot over the years but seven, in particular, stand out.
7 best trades that Andrew Friedman has made with the Los Angeles Dodgers:
7. Trading for Yu Darvish
If Yu Darvish doesn’t get shelled in Game 7 of the World Series then this trade would rank much higher on the list. While most Dodger fans have bad feelings towards Darvish because of the way he blew up and cost the team a chance to win the World Series, it was still a good trade in the grand scheme of things.
First of all, Darvish was a big reason why the Dodgers were in that position to begin with. While he was not great in the regular season to wrap up with LA, he did pitch well in both the NLDS and NLCS that year. He gave the Dodgers a much-needed starter for October.
If it was not Darvish down the stretch, it would have probably been Ross Stripling. And while he was an All-Star the following season, that would have been much worse.
What makes this a good trade is the return the Rangers ultimately got for Darvish. The crown jewel of the package for Texas was Willie Calhoun, who has not amounted to much of anything in the league. He is no longer even in Texas.
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