The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-hander Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers and a pair of left-handed relievers in three separate deals before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.
The Dodgers parted with several prospects to land the three pitchers. The Rangers received Willie Calhoun, AJ Alexy and Brendon Davis in return for Darvish, according to multiple reports. The Pirates received a pair of minor leaguers for for Tony Watson, while the Dodgers also acquired left-hander Tony Cingrani from the Reds.
Darvish is 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA this season, marking his worst numbers in five major league seasons. But he was still viewedas the top pitcher on the trade market, and joins a Dodgers team with the best record in baseball at 74-31.
In search of their first World Series title since 1988, the Dodgers were willing to part with second baseman/outfielder Willie Calhoun, who was rated as the No. 4 prospect in the organization by MLBPipeline.com. Calhoun, 22, was hitting. 298 with 23 home runs and 67 RBIs in 99 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. He is considered an average second baseman defensively is projected as an outfielder in the majors.
Alexy is a 19-year-old right-hander who was selected in the 11th round of the 2016 draft. He is rated as the Dodgers’ 17th-best prospect, going 2-6 with a 3.67 ERA in 19 starts in Class A this season.
Davis, 20, is rated as the No. 27 prospect in the organization. The infielder was hitting a combined .241 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 94 games between Class A and high Class A this season.
Watson, 32, is 5-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 47 appearances this season while converting 10 of 17 save opportunities as the Pirates’ closer. He will be a free agent after the season.
Pittsburgh received right-hander Angel German and infielder Oneil Cruz. Cruz is rated as the Dodgers’ No. 21 prospect – an 18-year-old shortstop/third baseman who was hitting .240 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 89 games at Class A this season. He received a $950,000 bonus when signing out of the Dominican Republic in the 2015-16 international spending period.
Cingrani, 29, has a 5.40 ERA in 23 innings this season while giving up nine home runs. He was a third-round pick by Cincinnati in 2011 and is not eligible for free agency until 2020.
They will serve in setup roles to Dodgers closer Kenley Jensen.