The Dodgers Acquire Martin

Saturday, July 30, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-handed reliever Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs for Zach McKinstry.

While the Dodger bullpen has performed brilliantly, injuries have decimated the Dodger bullpen depth. To win a championship, every team with World Series aspirations must have bullpen depth.

Blake Treinen, Tommy Kahnle, Victor González, Daniel Hudson, and Brusdar Graterol have injured. If Evan Phillips and Yency Almonte did not emerge surprisingly, the Dodger bullpen would have been in trouble.

The Dodgers hope Martin will bolster the strength of the bullpen. Although with the Cubs, Martin’s statistics are not impressive, Martin can strike out batters. This is something that the Dodgers’ bullpen cannot do. Yes, Martin allows many home runs, but he will be performing in larger stadiums than Wrigley Field. He does not walk hitters, and he has playoff experience. If the Dodger closer Craig Kimbrel continued to struggle, perhaps, the Dodgers will use Martin, who has seven career saves, as their closer.

McKinstry is a talented utility fielder, but the Dodgers do not need him. This season McKinstry has appeared in 10 games and has a .091 batting average. Originally, the Dodgers hoped McKinstry would be a replacement for Kiké Hernández, a free agent who signed with the Boston Red Sox. McKinstry does not possess the same level of defensive prowess as Hernández has.

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