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Big trades haven't had big results for Dodgers

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Josh Beckett's been better in L.A. than Boston, but not good enough. (US Presswire)

No team was more active in trying to improve its roster during baseball's trade season than the Dodgers -- Los Angeles added several marquee names and impact players. While some questioned the long-term commitments, it was at the very least supposed to help in the short term.

So how'd that work out? After Tuesday's loss to the Padres, the Dodgers are 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card with eight games to play.

What's gone wrong? Well, it's just that most of the players they acquired were big names having sub-par seasons. The change of scenery did nothing to flip their fortunes on the field.

Since the nine-player deal with the Red Sox, the Dodgers have gone 11-17. Since the non-waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers are 23-26.

Here's a look at how the new Dodgers have fared since coming to Los Angeles, as well as how they'd fared with their previous teams.

Player
Dodgers stats
Stats with previous team

56G .262/.314/.457 10 HR

93G .246/.322/.428 14 HR

34 G 0-0, 4.26 ERA

44 G 0-0, 2.49 ERA

24 G 1-1, 2.70 ERA

46 G 0-5, 3.63 ERA

45 G .227/.302/.304 1 HR

101 G .261/.324/.401 9 HR

9 G 1-4, 5.57 ERA

21 G 8-9, 4.59 ERA

6 G 1-3, 3.16 ERA

21 G 5-11, 5.23 ERA

28 G .263/.315/.430 3 HR

123 G .300/.343/.469 15 HR

17 G .263/.391/.316 0 HR

65 G .200/.301/.272 1 HR

Gonzalez, Victorino and Blanton have been worse than they were with their previous teams. Ramirez, Beckett and League have been better, but not up to their usual standards.

Too often at the trade deadline, the names involved get more attention than what those players are actually doing at that point. The Dodgers didn't improve themselves as much as expected. They just added starpower -- and payroll.

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