The Los Angeles Dodgers Roster Tree: How All Of The Hitters Were Acquired

Andre Ethier finished 6th in NL MVP Voting during the 2009 season. It has been his best year to date. He hit 31 HRs, added 106 RBI, 76 XBH Overall and scored 92 Runs.  He won a Silver Slugger Award for his efforts.  Ethier was acquired through a chain of transactions that goes all the way back to when the team drafted Mike Piazza (who was traded for Gary Sheffield), who was traded for

Andre Ethier finished 6th in NL MVP Voting during the 2009 season. It has been his best year to date. He hit 31 HRs, added 106 RBI, 76 XBH Overall and scored 92 Runs. He won a Silver Slugger Award for his efforts. Ethier was acquired through a chain of transactions that goes all the way back to when the team drafted Mike Piazza (who was traded for Gary Sheffield), who was traded for Andrew Brown from Atlanta, (who was later flipped for Milton Bradley from Cleveland, before lA turned around and traded Bradley to the A’s for Andre Ethier.)

How All Of The Dodgers Hitters Were Acquired:

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

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At the MLB Reports, we intend to show you the Roster Tree for the Los Angeles Dodgers – and how they assembled their current roster for hitting and Pitching.  It will work in a six degrees of separation like format.

Once we figure out the origin of how many trades going back in time it takes to see where the tree started, it will be time to dissect how the team fared on the deals.

If a player has never left the organization at all, the tree will be easy – as it will just be the year they were drafted or signed.

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Yasiel Puig was signed as an International Free Agent in 2012.   The 22 Year old phenom exploded onto scene in the National League - 3 Slashing .319/.381/.925 - with 19 HRs, 42 RBI and 66 Runs Scored in his 104 Games Played.  He was a big part of the team winning the Division - and he will be a mainstay for years - being signed until 2018.

Yasiel Puig was signed as an International Free Agent in 2012. The 22 Year old phenom exploded onto scene in the National League in 2013- 3 Slashing .319/.381/.925 – with 19 HRs, 42 RBI and 66 Runs Scored in his 104 Games Played. He was a big part of the team winning the Division – and he will be a mainstay in LA for years – being signed until 2018.

The Hitters

A.J. Ellis (32) C:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2003 amateur draft.

Ellis Career:  .256/.349/.727 in 1019 Career AB.  Good Draft.  Is under Team Control until the 2016 season ends.

Adrian Gonzalez (31) 1B: August 25, 2012: Traded  to the Los Angeles Dodgers with players to be named later, James Loney and Allen Webster from the Boston Red Sox for Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto and cash.

The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Rubby De La Rosa (October 4, 2012) and Jerry Sands (October 4, 2012) to the Boston Red Sox to complete the trade.

Rubby De La Rosa (24) SP:  Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 2007.

Jerry Sands (26) OF/1B:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Ivan Dejesus (26) 2B/1B/PH:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2nd round of the 2005 amateur draft.

James Loney (31) 1B:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.

Allen Webster (23) SP:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Nick Punto (35) 2B/3B/SS:  .258/.335/.660 in 329 AB for the LAD so far.

Adrian Gonzalez may not blasting the ball with the same kind of power he did in his San Diego says, but he should still be considered a 'professional hitman' and dangerous.  #23 has done the number justice (formerly worn by Dodger NL MVP Kirk Gibson) with a .297/.344/.805 Slash Line - with 17 HRs, 28 - 2B and 81 RBI.  He is right in the middle of a Left - Right, Left - Right powerhouse foursome atop the lineup with Crawford, Puig, he and then Ramirez behind him.

Adrian Gonzalez may not blasting the ball with the same kind of power he did in his San Diego says, but he should still be considered a ‘professional hitman’ and dangerous. #23 has done the number justice (formerly worn by Dodger NL MVP Kirk Gibson.

Adrian Gonzalez LAD Career:  GP – 193 .294/.342/.800 – with 25 HRs and 122 RBI in 728 AB.  “Gonzo is signed until 2018 – at about $21 MIL more per year.

Carl Crawford (32) LF: LAD Career:  GP – 116 – .283/.329/.736 – with 62 Runs and 15 SB in 462 AB.

Carl Crawford is finally hitting like the back of his bubblegum card says he should - with a .263/.329/.736 Slash Line, with 15 SB and 62 Runs Scored in 435 - 2013 AB.  Him playing as the clubs Leadoff goes along way to their success.  At $21.42 MIL per year as a salary, this guy is on the books until the end of the 2017 year.  With all of the guys signed long term:  Ethier, Crawford, Kemp, Gonzalez, Puig and Greinke (soon to be Kershaw an extend Ramirez, the core of this team is locked up for a long time.

Carl Crawford is finally hit like the back of his bubblegum card says he should in 2013 (for the 1st time since leaving Tampa Bay) – with a .263/.329/.736 Slash Line, with 15 SB and 62 Runs Scored in 435 – 2013 AB. Him playing as the clubs Leadoff goes along way to their success. At $21.42 MIL per year as a salary, this guy is on the books until the end of the 2017 year. With all of the guys signed long term: Ethier, Crawford, Kemp, Gonzalez, Puig and Greinke (soon to be Kershaw an extend Ramirez, the core of this team is locked up for a long time.

Josh Beckett (33) SP: LAD Career: GP – 15, 2 – 8, with a 4.07 ERA.  Is on the 60 DAY DL with right shoulder and stiff neck.

The Dodgers owe him $15.75 MIL for 2014.

You can read our Boston report of this trade here.  I am calling this great trade for both clubs.

Mark Ellis (36) 2B:  November 15, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  3 YRs/$13.5 MIL Potential.

LAD Career:  .264/.326/.685 slash line with solid defense in 848 AB.  Good Value.  Has a $5.75 MIL Option for 2014. 

Hanley Ramirez took over the reigns of leadership in LA this year, slashing .345/.402/1040 in half of a years worth of AB (306).  It was only when Ramirez returned, that the Dodgers took off.  After Kershaw, he was the teams MVP.  He is signed for one more year - and you can bet he will be extended.  This ends up being a proverbial 'HR' of a trade for LA - unless Eovaldi is a repeat ALL - Star.

Hanley Ramirez took over the reigns of leadership in LA this year, slashing .345/.402/1040 in half of a years worth of AB (306). It was only when Ramirez returned, that the Dodgers took off. After Kershaw, he was the teams MVP. He is signed for one more year – and you can bet he will be extended. This ends up being a proverbial ‘HR’ of a trade for LA – unless Eovaldi is a repeat ALL – Star in Miami. The team was 55 – 31 with him in the lineup and 37 – 39 without him.

Hanley Ramirez (29) SS/3B: July 25, 2012: Traded by the Miami Marlins with Randy Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Scott McGough (minors) and Nathan Eovaldi.

Nathan Eovaldi (23) SP:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2008 amateur draft.  Eovaldi is 7 – 13, with a 3.77 ERA for the Marlins in 30 Game Starts thus far.

Scott McCough (23) RP:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.

McCough had a great year in the Minors for Jacksonville (AAA affiliate of the Marlins), and should be elevated to the big clubs soon.

Randy Choate (37) RP:  October 29, 2012: Granted Free Agency.  Choate appeared in 36 Games (4.05 ERA in 13.1 IP as a LHP specialist), in 2013 for the Dodgers (and led the NL in total APP last season.)

Juan Uribe (33) 2B/3B/SS:  November 30, 2010: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Uribe signed a 3 YR/$21 MIL deal for 2011 – 2013.   He Slashed .237/.295./.654 in three injury riddled campaigned.  2013 has saved it from a total bust, as he had a .769 OPS – with 12 HRs and 50 RBI – solidifying the hot corner for the team.

Uribe also hit a massively clutch HR in Game #4 for Los Angels, clinching their 1st RD series.  The Veteran has made his hits count in the playoffs for the Giants, White Sox and Dodgers, hitting 5 HRs and 22 RBI in just 134 AB in the playoffs.

Andre Ethier (31) OF:  December 13, 2005: Traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez.

Ethier’s LA Career: .288/.362/.832 – with 141 HRs and 587 RBI.

Bradley as an A’s player:  .279/.371//.818 – with 16 HRs and 59 RBI In 41 – before being traded  to the Padres.

Antonio Perez had a cup of coffee with the A’s.

Winner of this trade was the Dodgers!

Antonio Perez (33) SS/3B/2B:  April 3, 2004: Traded by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jason Romano.

Jason Romano (34) SS/2B/OF:  January 27, 2003: Traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Luke Allen.

Luke Allen (33) PH/LF:  Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1996.

All of these guys never played significantly for any of the clubs.  Perez just happened to be traded in the A’s deal for Ethier.

Milton Bradley (35) OF/DH: April 3, 2004: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later and Franklin Gutierrez. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Andrew Brown (May 19, 2004) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade.

Franklin Gutierrez (30) CF:  Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 2000.

This deal ends up being Franklin Gutierrez and Milton Bradley for Andre Ethier in essence.  Win Los Angeles.

Andrew Brown (32) SP:  January 15, 2002: Traded by the Atlanta Braves with Brian Jordan and Odalis Perez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Gary Sheffield.

Brutal Trade for the Dodgers, letting go of Sheffield for a brutal few months of Jordan.  There were just fortunate to acquire Ethier back later in the chain.

Gary Sheffield (29) SS/3B/OF: May 14, 1998: Traded by the Florida Marlins with Manuel Barrios, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich and Charles Johnson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile.

Mike Piazza (29) C/1B:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft.  Piazza was kept for only a few games, before being traded to the Mets for Preston Wilson.

While Preston Wilson struggled in Miami, he was used as a trade chip to acquire Juan Pierre (who helped them win a World Series in 2003). 

Piazza was awesome in New York (.296/.371/.915) with 220 HRs and 655 RBI in 3478 AB – spanning 8 years with the New York Mets. 

But to analyze the trade we are talking about, it was Sheffield in LA (He had 3 straight 30+ HR years, including a career high 43 in 2000.  Sheffield slugged .998 in his 3 years in LAD.

The Dodgers were lucky to use a piece in the Atlanta trade coming back for Sheffield to acquire Ethier (via Milton Bradley).

Charles Johnson has 12 HRs and an OPS of .638 for the club, before being traded by the Dodgers. 

The Dodgers beat the Marlins straight up in assets being traded – as Piazza ended up only netting the club Juan Pierre for a few years. 

If you look at how the LA club did in having Sheffield for 3 years, compared to 8 for the Mets having Piazza, the Dodgers should have kept him.

Todd Zeile (31) C/1B/3B:  December 8, 1996: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Zeile had an .801 OPS for the Marlins for half of a season before being traded to the Rangers for two Minor Leaguers.

Jim Eisenrich (39)  OF/1B:  October 27, 1998: Granted Free Agency.  Eisenrcih hit .197 in 127 AB with LA before retiring.

Manuel Barrios (24) RP:  August 10, 1998: Selected off waivers by the Florida Marlins from the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Threw 1 IP for the Dodgers

Charles Johnson C/PH:  December 1, 1998: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Roger Cedeno to the New York Mets for Arnold Gooch (minors) and Todd Hundley.

Charles Johnson was traded by the Mets right away from Armando Benitez.

Cedeno (24)  The Mets received a long stint from the OF.  Had a 3 Slash Line of .279/.344/.720 in 1448 AB.  Cedeno also hit .355 in 31 Post Season AB for new York.

Roger Cedeno OF:  March 3, 1991: Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent.

Todd Hundley (31) C:  October 27, 2000: Granted Free Agency.  Hundley hit 48 HRs and added 125 RBI in this 2 year stretch for the Dodgers in 1998 and 1999.  He did this in just 675 AB.

I call this trade a draw.  Hundley provided a good Catcher for 2 years, filling the void vacated by Piazza, and Benitez (asset for Johnson) and Cedeno were key players on a Mets World Series Appearance in 2000.

Bobby Bonilla (35) 3B/RF/1B:  November 11, 1998: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the New York Mets for Mel Rojas.

Mel Rojas had a 12.60 ERA for the squad in 5 IP.  Bonilla did not have a triumphant return to the Big Apple, with a .160/.277/.579 – with 4 HRs and 18 RBI.  This trade was a loser for both clubs too.

Mel Rojas (32) RP: April 16, 1999: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Dave Mlicki to the Detroit Tigers for Aposto Garcia (minors), Richard Roberts (minors) and Robinson Checo.

Dave Mlicki had a 5.46 ERA in 67 Game Starts for the Tigers.  Rojas was blown out of Detroit – with a 22.74 ERA in 6.1 IP.  Robinson Checo had a 10.74 ERA in 15.2 IP for LAD.  This trade is a tie for ineptness all around. 

Dave Mlicki (30) SP: June 4, 1998: Traded by the New York Mets with Greg McMichael to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Brad Clontz and Hideo Nomo.

Mlicki was 7 – 4, with a 4.10 ERA in 20 Game Starts for the Dodgers.

Greg McMichael (32) RP:  July 10, 1998: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with cash back to the New York Mets for Brian Bohanon.

Greg McMichael had a 4.40 ERA in 12 Games for the Dodgers – and then a 4.06ERA in his return to the Mets for the 2nd half. In 1999, he had an ERA of 4.82

Brian Bohanon  (32) RP:  October 27, 1998: Granted Free Agency – after sporting a sparkling 2.40 ERA in 14 Game Starts

Winner of that trade was Los Angeles. (Bohanon for McMichael)

Hideo Nomo (30) SP:  February 8, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Nomo was released by the Mets after a 4.82 ERA in  16 Game Starts.

Brad Clontz (27) TP:  April 9, 1998: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Clonts only threw a few innings for the Mets.

Winner of the Mlicki and McMichael for Nomo and Clontz was the Dodgers based on Mlicki’s good year for the team.

Brian Jordan (36)  OF: October 28, 2003: Granted Free Agency.

Odalis Perez (35) SP:  July 25, 2006: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers with Blake Johnson (minors), Julio Pimentel (minors) and cash to the Kansas City Royals for Elmer Dessens.

Dessens had a 3.74 ERA in 8 Game Starts and relief work for the Dodgers (108 IP).

Odalis Perez authored a 10 – 15 record, and a 5.59 ERA for KC.   The other two guys never made the majors.  Winner was slightly LA.

Elmer Dessens (36) SP:  March 26, 2007: Traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Milwaukee Brewers for Brady Clark and cash.

Brady Clark (34) June 20, 2007: Released by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Clark hit for a .601 OPS in just 58 AB for the Dodgers before he was released.

Elmer Dessens had a 6.60 ERA in 12 Games for the Brewers.

Snore for this trade breakdown.

Yasiel Puig (22) RF:  Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 2012. (See Picture above)

Skip Schumaker (33) OF/2B:  December 12, 2012: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jake Lemmerman (minors).

Jake Lemmernan (24) INF/DH:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Matt Kemp (29)  OF:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 6th round of the 2003 amateur draft. (See Bottom Picture of the Article).

Jerry Hairston (37) 2B/OF/3B:  December 5, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Tim Federowicz (26):  July 31, 2011: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Boston Red Sox with Juan Rodriguez (minors) and Stephen Fife to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Trayvon Robinson to the Seattle Mariners. The Boston Red Sox sent Chih-Hsien Chiang (minors) to the Seattle Mariners. The Seattle Mariners sent Erik Bedard and Josh Fields to the Boston Red Sox.

Stephen Fife (27) SP:  In 17 Games Pitches in (15 GS) – Fife has an ERA of 3.49 in 85 IP.

Juan Rodriguez (24) RP: Was promoted to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2012 – after a solid year with Great Lakes.  He has battled injury and conduct detrimental to the team suspensions.

Trayvon Robinson (26) OF: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft. Has a .602 OPS in 288 AB for the Mariners so far.

Erik Bedard (34) SP:  Had a 4.03 ERA in 8 GS for the Red Sox – before hitting FA.

Josh Fields (27) RP:  Was snapped up in the Rule 5 draft by the Houston Astros – from the Boston Red Sox.

Nodoby has really won this trade, although Stephen Fife looks like he might be a good thrower.

Scott Van Slyke (27) OF/1B:  June 7, 2005: Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 14th round of the 2005 amateur draft.

The son of former Major Leaguer Andy Van Slyke, racked up an .807 OPS – based on 9 HRs and 17 RBI, in his time with the big club in 2013.

Dee Gordon (25) SS:  Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 4th round of the 2008 amateur draft.

Yet the 3rd guy on the team that has a former Major League for a dad in Tom Gordon, Dee has scored 81 Runs in 624 Career AB – with 37 Stolen Bases.  He is good to have on a team that has an oft injured Hanley Ramirez.

Justin Sellers (27) SS/3B/2B:  April 2, 2009: Purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Chicago Cubs. Started the year with the Dodgers, but hit just .188 in 69 AB. He fared better in the PCL – with a .755 OPS over 89 Games.

Michael Young (36) SS/3B/2B:  August 31, 2013: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Rob Rasmussen (minors).

Elian Herrera (28) LF/3B/2B:  Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 2003.

In 2012 Kemp hit .355/.444/1.163 with 12 HRs and 28 RBI in 2012 through just 73 Games Played 290 AB.  This year, he struggled through - only hitting 6 HRs and added 33 RBI - while Slashing .270/.328/.723.  He fought a swollen left knee - and had a problematic shoulder injury hinder his year - until he has season ending surgery on it.  Kemp is signed through the 2019 season.  He was a 6th RD Draft Pick of the club in 2003,  Kemp has 2 ALL - Star Appearances, 2 Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers, while he has reeled in #10and #2 Voting Finishes for NL MVP in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

In 2012 Kemp hit .355/.444/1.163 with 12 HRs and 28 RBI in 2012 through just 73 Games Played 290 AB. This year, he struggled through – only hitting 6 HRs and added 33 RBI – while Slashing .270/.328/.723. He fought a swollen left knee – and had a problematic shoulder injury hinder his year – until he has season ending surgery on it. Kemp is signed through the 2019 season. He was a 6th RD Draft Pick of the club in 2003, Kemp has 2 ALL – Star Appearances, 2 Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers, while he has reeled in #10and #2 Voting Finishes for NL MVP in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

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