With a 0.5 combined WAR in 2011, Los Angeles Dodgers left fielders have been some of the worst in baseball.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers made a move in hopes of improving their left field production
The Dodgers acquired OF Juan Rivera from the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Rivera, who was batting .243/.305/.360 with six HRs in 275 plate appearances on the season, was DFA’d by the Blue Jays last week.
At 33, it appears Rivera’s best mediocre days are behind him, but the Dodgers are hoping he can still hit lefties like he has been in 2011. Rivera was batting .327/.400/.509 with two HRs in 65 PAs against left-handed pitching in 2011.
To be honest, I don’t understand why the Dodgers made this move. Regardless of the fringe player the Dodgers might give up or the money they might give the Blue Jays, trading for a mediocre veteran player when you are 11 games behind in the NL West and going nowhere makes very little sense to me.