Friday, February 12, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

Already this offseason, Dodger President Andrew Friedman has made a splash when he signed Trevor Bauer, but Friday, Friedman made two trades.

The Los Angeles Dodgers sent LHP Adam Koralek and Minor-League outfielder Cody Thomas to the Oakland Athletics for IF Sheldon Neuse and Minor-League RHP Gus Varland.

While Koralek pitched well in 2020, the Dodgers aren’t comfortable with him facing right-handed hitters. Since the Dodgers lost Kiké Hernández via free agency to the Boston Red Sox, the Dodgers want an infielder to replace Hernández. No player will ever replace Hernández. He could have won a Gold Glove at every position, and he had a flair for the dramatic in the postseason. His fun-loving attitude helped to keep the Dodgers loose. Neuse has played only 25 games in 2019 and had a .250 batting average.

Also, on Friday, the Dodgers sent RHP Dylan Floro to the Miami Marlins for LHP Alex Vesia and a Minor-League pitching prospect named Kyle Hurt.

Many Dodger fans overlooked the contributions of Floro during the 2020 season. While Floro does not catch the media headlines, he stopped many crucial rallies, including during the World Series.

At 24, Vesia has appeared in 133 Major-League games with a high ERA.

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