By Jon Weisman
In an exchange of right-handed pitchers, the Dodgers have acquired Jesse Chavez and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays for Mike Bolsinger.
Chavez, who turns 33 on August 21, has a 1.28 WHIP and 4.57 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings this year for Toronto. The previous two seasons, he pitched mostly as a starter for Oakland, with a 3.83 ERA from 2014-15.
The 28-year-old Bolsinger had a 4.27 ERA in 137 innings with the Dodgers over the past two seasons, highlighted by a 2.83 ERA in his first 16 games with Los Angeles last year.
Ron Babcock (@ronniebsurf)
Our front office must need the cash from this blockbuster trade$$$$ Please trade Friedman.
Steve Timberlake (@Linkmeister)
Chavez is five years older; that alone should have nixed this deal for two pitchers otherwise quite alike.
Imagine the thought is that Chavez would be a better fit to support the pen now. Ballslinger is a future guy if that, as he might not have even made the 40 man next year.
Only issue here is who’s spot is Chavez getting in pen? Stripling shouldn’t go because he may need to start for Norris if Hill or Norris can’t go by Friday. Baez is only one with options between Coleman and him. Avilan has been fantastic since his last call up, Libertore is too valued as one of main setup along with Blanton. So Howell DFA?