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Los Angeles Dodgers Trade for Seasoned Reliever from Philadelphia Phillies

7 April 2024
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Los Angeles Dodgers Trade for Seasoned Reliever from Philadelphia Phillies

Dodgers' Bold Moves

The Los Angeles Dodgers have commenced the 2024 season with vigor, yet have been hampered by an onslaught of injuries. Among the afflicted is right-handed reliever Brusdar Graterol, who finds himself sidelined for 60 days due to a right shoulder injury sustained during spring training.

First Acquisition

On April 6, the Dodgers bolstered their bullpen by acquiring right-handed relief pitcher Connor Brogdon from the Philadelphia Phillies. This transaction, reported by The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya, saw minor league lefty Benony Robles head to the Phillies in exchange.

Second Acquisition

Notably, the acquisition of Brogdon marks the Dodgers' second bullpen enhancement since the season's commencement. Preceding this move was the acquisition of left-handed pitcher Nick Ramirez from the New York Yankees.

Additional Roster Adjustments

In a parallel move, the Dodgers designated right-hander Dinelson Lamet for assignment. Despite a commendable performance, allowing only one earned run over 4.1 innings pitched, Lamet's tenure with the Dodgers was short-lived.

Introduction of Gus Varland

Adding to the roster dynamics is the presence of Gus Varland at Wrigley Field, indicating the Dodgers' quest for fresh arms. Varland's brief stint with the Dodgers in 2024 follows previous appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Further Addition of Ramirez

Ramirez's inclusion from the Yankees further diversifies the Dodgers' pitching arsenal. After showcasing his prowess with 32 major league appearances last season, Ramirez now seeks to make his mark in Dodgers' colors.

Updates on Injuries

Injuries continue to plague the Dodgers, with right fielder Jason Hayward and right-handed pitcher Emmet Sheehan joining the casualty list. Brogdon's acquisition emerges as a strategic maneuver to mitigate the impact of these absences.

Anticipated Boost

Despite the setbacks, anticipation looms large with the imminent return of Walker Buehler. The seasoned pitcher, embarking on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City, holds the promise of rejuvenating the Dodgers' pitching prowess.

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