The Dodgers and Athletics made a trade early Friday morning. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in thinking a blockbuster deal went down to acquire a certain third-baseman. Instead, it was a two-for-two swap.
In the deal, the Dodgers part ways with Juan Soto’s father, Adam Kolarek. The LHP was acquired by LA in the middle of the 2019 season and was excellent. In his two seasons with the Dodgers, Kolarek went 5-0 with an ERA of 0.88.
His 2020 postseason was rough, as he allowed a run in three of his four outings. He appeared in only 3 1⁄3 innings of work, but allowed five runs on nine hits and issued three weeks. Still, Kolarek is one of the best relievers in all of baseball when it comes to facing left-handed hitters.
The Dodgers also send outfield prospect Cody Thomas to Oakland in the deal. Thomas, 26, was the 29th ranked prospect in LA’s system. In four minor-league seasons in the organization, Thomas hit 81 home runs. He last played in 2019 with Tulsa.