6. Trading for Manny Machado
Manny Machado might be one of the most hated rivals for Dodgers fans in 2022 but that does not make the 2018 trade any worse than it actually was. Once again, if the Dodgers were able to actually win the World Series in 2018, then this trade would probably rank higher on this list.
While Machado was the last out of the 2018 World Series, he played really well for the Dodgers and gave the team the bat that it desperately needed with Corey Seager out of commission. Hustling issues aside, there is no denying that Machado had an impact on the Dodgers.
Machado hit .273 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 66 games with the Dodgers. That is a 162-game pace of over 30 home runs and 100 RBI. With the 2018 Dodgers being arguably their least-talented team of the last half-decade (which is crazy considering they won the Pennant), Machado’s bat was invaluable.
Once again, the package that the Dodgers sent for Machado looks much better four years later. The main piece of that deal was then-top 100 prospect Yusniel Diaz, who has amounted to nothing for the Orioles to this point.
Zach Pop is no longer with the organization and Rylan Bannon is likely going to be a Triple-A lifer. Dean Kremer was horrible in his first two seasons in Baltimore, although he has pitched better this year. He still would not even be in the Dodgers rotation, though.