Let’s look at this move from the perspective of each team. The deal made sense from both sides here after the Dodgers grabbed Betts. Even after sending outfielder Alex Verdugo to Boston in the Betts deal, the Dodgers could absorb the loss to Pederson due to depth. The starting outfield figures to be A.J. Pollock, Cody Bellinger and Betts with Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor as obvious non-starter options who can hold their own in the outfield. Another touted prospect in D.J. Peters (who played in 57 Triple-A games last season) isn’t far off, either.
As a bonus, Rengifo provides back some infield depth. He hit .238/.321/.364 with 1.6 WAR in 108 games last season for the Angels at age 22. He could be interesting and we’ve seen the Dodgers unlock potential from the likes of Andrew Toles to Taylor to Max Muncy and Justin Turner. The Angels’ infield is already full with Albert Pujols, Tommy La Stella, Andrelton Simmons and Anthony Rendon. David Fletcher would be the backup here. Sure, Rengifo was extra depth but the better player right now between the two is Pederson.
- Pederson: 36 HR in 450 at-bats last year
- Trout: 45 HR in 470 AB
- Rendon: 34 HR in 545 AB (oh, and 44 doubles)
- Ohtani: 40 HR in 710 career AB
- Upton: At least 30 HR per season from 2016-18
- Pujols: OK, so he’s running out of gas, but he still hit 23 bombs in 491 AB last year.
- La Stella: 16 HR in 80 games last year before injury
The big news of the Tuesday night in baseball was the blockbuster trade that sent Mookie Betts and David Price from the Red Sox to the Dodgers in a three-team deal that also involved the Twins ( ). But it wasn’t the Dodgers’ only move of the night. In a subsequent transaction, the Dodgers sent Joc Pederson to the cross-town Angels in exchange for infielder Luis Rengifo, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported righty Ross Stripling will also go to the Angels, and ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel says outfield prospect Andy Pages is heading from the Dodgers’ farm system to the Angels’.