Baseball in Los Angeles is going to have a very different look in 2015, thanks to a slew of trades that came through in the 11th hour of the 2014 MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.
News broke Wednesday that shortstop and former MVP Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Dodgers after a 15-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers also added Angels’ all-star second baseman Howie Kendrick in exchange for young starter Andrew Heaney, who the Dodgers had acquired from the Marlins earlier in the day. Meanwhile, the Dodgers shipped off young second baseman Dee Gordon, veteran starter Dan Haren, and infielder Miguel Rojas to Miami. If that wasn’t enough already, the Dodgers also made a move late Wednesday and signed free-agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four year deal worth $48 million.
Reports began to surface Thursday morning that the Dodgers had agreed to a deal with the San Diego Padres that would send Matt Kemp to San Diego. Neither team has confirmed the deal as of yet, but sources like ESPN and the LA Times are reporting that the deal is done.
How will these moves directly affect the Dodgers and Angels next season? Do you think it was smart for the Dodgers to ship off some of their younger talent, like Dee Gordon? Do these moves help or hurt the Dodgers’ and Angels’ chances of winning their respective divisions next year?
Ryan Fagan, MLB writer for the Sporting News
Pedro Moura, baseball writer for the Orange County Register, covering the Angels and Dodgers