Ned Colletti compared the timing of the acquisition to that of Manny Ramirez. Only this time, the Dodgers general manager wasn't getting a 12-time All-Star to fortify the team's offense for a playoff push. In a three-team deal consummated only minutes before Sunday's non-waiver trading deadline, the Dodgers received catcher Tim Federowicz and pitchers Juan Rodriguez and Stephen Fife, all minor league players who probably won't have a section of Dodger Stadium named in their honor anytime soon. It was the second move on a busy day in which the Dodgers also finalized a previously anticipated trade, sending shortstop Rafael Furcal to the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league outfielder Alex Castellanos in a deal that created a spot in their infield for rookie Dee Gordon. The Dodgers parted with outfield prospect Trayvon Robinson in the three-team trade that also involved the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners, a move Colletti said they were willing to make because triple-A outfielder Jerry Sands was considered "a step ahead" of Robinson on their depth chart. Robinson was hitting .293 with a team-leading 26 home runs and 71 runs batted in for triple-A Albuquerque. From the Dodgers' perspective, the centerpiece of the trade with Boston was Federowicz, whom Baseball America ranked the 21st best prospect in the Red Sox organization before the season. Colletti said Federowicz, who hit .275 with seven homers and 50 RBIs for double-A Portland, would add depth at a position in which the organization was severely short-handed. "We needed catching," Colletti said, "and we feel we have a real good one coming."
Dodgers finalize Rafael Furcal's trade to St. Louis and pick up other pieces
Los Angeles Times | Aug 1