Jimmy Rollins ... Why?
This one happened a long time ago, and many Dodgers fans might not even remember Jimmy Rollins' time with LA. But, in December of 2014, the Dodgers acquired the then-36-year-old former MVP shortstop from Philadelphia, along with $1 million in cash, in exchange for Tom Windle and Zach Eflin. This ended a 15-year run with Philadelphia for Rollins, and began what was a short, and relatively unsuccessful time with the Dodgers.
In his final four seasons with the Phillies, Rollins stole at least 22 bases every year. But with the Dodgers, his speed did not show up, as he only swiped 12 bags (on 20 attempts) in 2015. And his speed wasn't the only part of his game lacking, as Rollins posted career lows in AVG (.224), OBP (.285), and OPS (.643) while playing 144 games in his lone season with LA. And it turned out dealing Eflin for that wasn't worth it whatsoever.
Eflin was a mainstay in the Phillies' starting rotation from 2018-2022. After a rough debut year and sophomore season, Eflin made 80 starts for the Phillies from 2018-2021, while pitching near or above a league-average level every one of those years. In 2022, he transitioned to a reliever in the middle of the season as the Phillies went on their run to the World Series.
In the 2022 postseason, he had an impact, posting a 3.38 ERA, and holding both the Padres and Astros scoreless across 6.1 innings in the NLCS and World Series. This year, Eflin signed with the Rays, and in 17 starts, holds a 10-4 record with a 3.25 ERA. It's safe to say that the Dodgers could have used Eflin a few times over the years.