The Los Angeles Dodgers are the first team to make a big splash in the trade pool.
The Dodgers have agreed to send Hector Olivera to the Atlanta Braves, for Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson, Alex Wood, and Jose Peraza, in a three-team trade that is nearing completion. Olivera signed with the Los Angeles on a six-year/$62.5 million contract, but has yet to play a game in a Dodger uniform.
The Dodgers were looking to shore up their starting pitching, Latos and Wood are two young arms that will provide the pitching the Dodgers will need late in the season, into the playoffs. The Dodgers will have control of Wood’s contract for a few more years, but Latos is a free agent after this year.
Jim Johnson, 32 and Luis Avilan, 26 are two bullpen arms the Dodgers definitely could use, especially since the Dodgers’ bullpen has been a liability this season. They are ranked 22nd in the MLB in bullpen ERA at 3.80. Johnson and Avilan are both veterans.
It’s unclear what the Marlins will get from this deal, more than likely, they will end up with prospects.