As we get closer and closer to the annual frenzy of the trade deadline, it's always fun (or not ...) going back in the past to look at moves that altered the baseball landscape. The Dodgers have a long list of trades made under Andrew Friedman since 2014, with most of them benefitting the Dodgers with minimal loss. From blockbusters like the Mookie Betts deal, to smaller-scale deals like the trade that sent Chris Taylor to the LA, Friedman's trade history is overall great.
But for every Betts trade, and for every rare find like Chris Taylor, there are always some that don't quite work out as intended. Whether the player acquired doesn't fit the perceived role, or the prospects given up turn into stars later on in their careers, Friedman's trades with the Dodgers are not all flawless.
So before we get to the 2023 deadline, with fans clamoring about the possibility of trading for some big-time pitching, let's take a look at five trades that didn't work out so well for the Dodgers after everything was said and done.
Joey Gallo. That is all
Last year, in the midst of a 111-win season, the Dodgers had a very underwhelming trade deadline. During that trade frenzy, with names like Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Luis Castillo on the move, the Dodgers acquiring Joey Gallo seemingly came out of nowhere. With a very similar hitting profile in 2022 to Cody Bellinger, and well-documented struggles offensively with the Yankees, it was hard to see where Gallo would fit in on the Dodgers.
Gallo ended up playing just 44 games for the Dodgers and he struck out 57 times in 117 at-bats while posting a .671 OPS. While that OPS was better than his mark with the Yanks, that production was not what the Dodgers needed, and was barely better than Bellinger's (.654 OPS) on the season.
Though this hasn't had a major league impact (outside of screwing the Dodgers in the NLDS against the Padres because their bench wasn't adequate), the early returns aren't great, as Clayton Beeter was dealt to New York.
At the time, Beeter was a Double-A pitcher with a high strikeout rate, but he owned a 5.75 ERA for the Tulsa Drillers. He wasn't highly regarded as a prospect, and this deal was viewed as a low-risk, high-reward for both sides. But this year, Beeter has torn up the minors in the Yankees organization, with a 2.08 ERA in 12 Double-A starts on his way to making an appearance in the Futures Game (where Dalton Rushing was the only Dodger present).
Because of how limited Gallo's role was with the Dodgers, and how Beeter has pitched this year, this was an obvious miss at the deadline, but isn't as costly as other trades (unless Beeter somehow makes it onto the Yankees' big league roster and has an impact).
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