The Dodgers’ pitching has been holding down the fort for this contender but the offense has been dragging them down and making them look more like pretenders than contenders. But that all changes now as they add some key offensive components as they make a push for the playoffs and improve their team for the near future.
The Dodgers also acquired Carl Crawford who underwent Tommy John surgery to fix his throwing elbow so he will not be a factor in the 2012 lineup but Adrian Gonzalez replaces a horrible first base platoon that has a National League worst 69 wRC+ and it would be the worst in the Majors if it were not for the Seattle Mariners’ 68 wRC+.
Gonzalez currently owns a 114 wRC+, his worst mark since he became a full-time starter in 2006, but he has a 150 wRC+ in both July and August and has hit .355/.386/.569 since June 23rd.
The former Los Angeles platoon owned a near-neutral +0.2 UZR while Gonzalez has a Major League leading +14.0 UZR at first base. Gonzalez also has a +14 Rtot (Total Zone Runs) and +14 Rdrs (Defensive Runs Saved) while Loney and Rivera have a combined -1 Rtot and +1 Rdrs.
For 2012, the Dodgers will only recieve roughly 6 weeks of Gonzalez but that could very well be a two win increase over what the team was stationing at first base prior to this trade.
Yes, the Dodgers are taking on a ton of salary in what looks to be the biggest salary dump in the history of the game but a salary dump usually means the players being dumped are fading or do not have much to offer and that is not the case here, especially with Adrian Gonzalez.
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