Hey, a minor trade! The first (arguable) news of the new year!
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired righty Dylan Baker from the Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. In other news, it would be cool if the player was actually named Cash Considerations. Someone should change their name to that.
Baker was recently designated for assignment by Milwaukee. In November the Brewers claimed him off waivers, so Baker’s offseason has been pretty eventful. His regular season was less interesting, in that he tossed only 12.2 innings with the Indians’ Double-A affiliate while returning from Tommy John surgery.
The fifth rounder from the 2012 draft has a 3.58 ERA over 48 starts and 17 relief appearances across five minor league seasons.
The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.
Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.