The trade deadline came and passed in the MLB and those who were looking for a World Series run this year were actively trying to upgrade their team. As we know, the Dodgers already traded for Manny Machado not too long ago, but that did not stop them from making other moves to increase their World Series chance.
The Dodgers traded for second baseman Brian Dozier on July 31st as well as reliever John Axford. Two players that were once All Stars but have not had the same amount of past success this season. Though that does not necessarily mean that cannot help the Dodgers achieve their first title since 1988.
Although the Dodgers’ primary need is help in their bullpen, the best pickup for them was that of Dozier. While he is only batting a dismal .224, he comes over with 16 homers and 52 RBIs. Dozier is one year removed from where he hit 34 bombs, drove in 93 runs, won a Gold Glove and finished 11th in MVP voting. That was only last year! Dozier can easily get into a groove and finish off the season on a strong note.
The arrival of Dozier also means the departure of Logan Forsythe, as he was sent to Minnesota in exchange for their second baseman. Although Forsythe was clutch in the World Series, that is the only good thing people can think of in his time wearing Dodger blue. Forsythe hit .218 for Los Angeles in his year and a half. He never came close to showing who the Dodgers thought he was when they traded for him from the Rays. Being said, Dodgers fans won’t exactly be missing him.
The Dodgers’ other acquisition on the trade deadline was John Axford. Okay, the Dodgers need bullpen help and it is hard to say that John Axford is the answer. Axford was a menace in 2011 as he led the MLB in saves posting a 1.95 ERA. Since then, he hasn’t come close to matching that season’s performance.
Axford comes from the Blue Jays holding an ERA of 4.41. The Dodgers can only hope that he has one of those post trade miracle runs where he becomes a shell of his former self. Even though it may be unlikely for Axford to replicate his All Star numbers in half a season in LA, he still gives a strong presence to the Dodgers’ tattered bullpen.
Los Angeles is trying to make it back to where they were last year, this time trying not to fall one game short. They added Machado and two former All Stars for their Fall Classic run. Farhan Zaidi, the Dodgers’ GM, is hoping that Dozier and Axford can finish the season strong and help lead the charge to the World Series.