Dodgers swing trade with Blue Jays to acquire son of MLB legend

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The Dodgers have desperately needed something to wake up the bottom of the lineup and the bench. Even in Tuesday night's 15-2 rout of the Rangers at home, the vast majority of the heavy lifting was done by LA's 1-5 hitters. Mookie Betts to Teoscar Hernández, with the usual suspects sandwiched in between, were responsible for driving in 11 of LA's runs (12, if you count Miguel Vargas subbing in for Hernández).

Top-heavy is a phrase that's been used widely to describe the Dodgers offense, and nothing made it quite as obvious as Tuesday night's game.

However, the Dodgers may have introduced a potential solution or at least some help, if they can whip him into shape. Per Jeff Passan, they're acquiring superutilityman Cavan Biggio from the Blue Jays after he was surprisingly DFA'ed by Toronto on June 7. In the corresponding move, they're sending Miguel Vargas back to the minors despite a pretty solid offensive performance in the majors after being recalled.

Dodgers make a deal with Blue Jays, acquire utilityman Cavan Biggio after DFA

Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has never been an everyday player for the Blue Jays through five seasons (and some change from 2024), but he's been a valuable asset for them thanks to his defensive versatility. This season, he's appeared at first, second, and third, while also moonlighting in right on a few occasions. The bat does leave something to be desired; he's hitting .200 with a .614 OPS through 44 games this season, with a .227 average and .725 OPS across his career, never quite consistently living up to his top prospect pedigree.

If the Dodgers can get him going offensively or even marginally improve his numbers, he would already be a better solution for second base than Gavin Lux, and could be a better overall option than Jason Heyward in right. He also fits in nicely on the Dodgers' bench, where players have been lacking in power but (generally) making up for it in defense.

Biggio is arb-eligible through the 2025 season, so if he can prove himself useful to the Dodgers as we head into the second half of the season, he could have a good shot at being retained through the offseason, when Kiké Hernández and Heyward's contracts expire.