The Dodgers Strike Again; Acquire Shane Victorino and Brandon League
Acquiring just Hanley Ramirez would have been a huge coup for the Los Angeles Dodgers heading into the final two months of the season.
After the Ramirez deal, Dodgers management vowed they weren't done buying. Today, Los Angeles picked up outfielder Shane Victorino from Philadelphia and relief pitcher Brandon League from Seattle.
Victorino will likely be the Dodgers' everyday left fielder with Matt Kemp firmly entrenched in center field and Andre Either stalking right field.
When healthy, Victorino has been among the most productive top of the order hitters in baseball. He will definitely be a guy who can set up RBI opportunities for Kemp, Ethier, and Ramirez.
Brandon League is a guy who saved 37 games for the miserable Mariners in 2011. His numbers are down in 2012, but the consensus is that he is a guy who will add much needed depth to the back end of the Dodgers' bullpen.
Once again, the Dodgers acquired players for cheap price. According to a person familiar with the deal, Victorino was acquired exchange for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin.
League cost the Dodgers only a pair of minor leaguers: outfielder Leon Landry at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and double-A Chattanooga right-hander Logan Bawcom.
The Dodgers still hope to acquire Ryan Dempster from the Cubs before the non-waiver trade deadline.