On Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees saw their blockbuster offseasons cross paths when the two teams reportedly agreed to a trade. All we've known for about 20 hours is that the deal was helping LA clear two 40-man roster spots so they could add Shohei Ohtani and Joe Kelly.
On Monday, the details arrived. The Dodgers are sending No. 10 prospect Jorbit Vivas and left-handed reliever Victor González to New York for Yankees No. 8 prospect Trey Sweeney.
Vivas and Sweeney seemed to be expendable for both LA and NY because of their infield depth at both levels. Vivas occupied a 40-man spot while Sweeney did not, so the Dodgers managed to replenish the loss in their top-10 prospect rankings.
Meanwhile, the Yankees get a versatile infielder in Vivas, who could help out as early as 2024, and receive a much-needed lefty reliever in González, who was falling out of favor in LA.
All things considered, you probably couldn't have created a more fair trade based on everybody's needs here.
Dodgers trade Jorbit Vivas and Victor González to Yankees for Trey Sweeney
Vivas reached Triple-A in 2023, but struggled a bit so he could use more seasoning. That's not a problem for New York, a team with a stacked infield at the MLB level right now.
González could act as a replacement for Wandy Peralta, who just hit free agency and is garnering interest from a number of other clubs. Though his last two seasons were interrupted by Tommy John surgery (2022) and lackluster play (2023), he has three years of control and proved in both 2020 and 2021 that he could be an asset.
But Sweeney, by far, has the most potential. The lefty-slugging shortstop (maybe third baseman, eventually?) was a first-round selection in 2021 and made a good impression across 100 Double-A games last year. He boasts power and speed, though his defense needs a bit more developing.
For both teams, these are minor moves to set up larger decisions. The Dodgers still need to clear more 40-man space if they want to bring in more pitching, so expect a few more deals on the way now that Shohei Ohtani's $700 million contract is official.
Next up? Two prospect/40-man bundles for Tyler Glasnow/Corbin Burnes/Dylan Cease?