(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: It’s that time of Major League Baseball’s “off-season” to take a look at what the Dodgers front office is doing about acquiring the best talent on the market that can re-fortify their roster for the upcoming 2023 season. Pitching is always a big concern for each and every team, as is good fielding and hitting.
So, let’s see what the Dodgers have been up to. Let’s start with the most recent press announcements to their fans and fans of MLB in general. We bring you the first release just below.
DODGERS SIGN NOAH SYNDERGAARD
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on a one-year deal for $13 million for the 2023 season.
Syndergaard, 30, spent the 2022 season with the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies, going a combined 10-10 with a 3.94 ERA (59 ER/134.2 IP) and 95 strikeouts in 25 games (24 starts). He made 15 starts for the Angels to start the season, going 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA before being traded to Philadelphia on August 2 in exchange for outfielders Jadiel Sanchez and Mickey Moniak.
He began his Major League career in New York, pitching six seasons for the Mets (2015-2021) and going a combined 47-31 with a 3.32 ERA (293 ER/718.0 IP) and 777 strikeouts in 121 games (120 starts). In 2015, he finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting and lead the Mets to the 2015 World Series. The Texas native made the All-Star team in 2016, going 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA (53 ER/183.2 IP) and 218 strikeouts in 31 games for the Mets, while finishing amongst the league leaders in ERA (3rd), strikeouts (T-4th) and FIP (1st, 2.29).
He was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round (38th overall) of the 2010 First Year Player Draft out of Legacy High School (Mansfield, TX).
Here is the second announcement.
DODGERS ACQUIRE YONNY HERNÁNDEZ
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Yonny Hernández from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash.
Hernández, 24, played in 12 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, following a trade with the Texas Rangers in April. The switch-hitter appeared in 10 games at third base and two at second base for Arizona and in his big league career has hit .198 with 13 stolen bases while playing shortstop, second base and third base in 55 career games with the Rangers (2021) and Diamondbacks (2022). In seven minor league seasons, primarily with the Rangers’ organization, the native of Venezuela has hit .262 with a .388 on-base percentage, 21 triples and 184 steals in 532 career games. He was originally signed by the Rangers as an amateur free agent on July 3, 2014. Hernández was claimed by Oakland last month and was recently designated for assignment by the A’s.