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Shuffling the deck chairs: Dodgers acquire Juan Rivera from Blue Jays, drop Marcus Thames

Jul 12, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT


I’m not sure if this means the Dodgers think they’re buyers at 41-51 or what, but they’ve acquired Juan Rivera from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later or “cash considerations” while designating Marcus Thames for assignment.

Setting aside the absurdity of the Dodgers sending “cash considerations” to another team–surely the Blue Jays are paying nearly all of Rivera’s remaining salary–Rivera and Thames are about as identical as two players can get, as they’re both defensively challenged, right-handed-hitting corner outfielders with 25-homer power who should be limited to platoon roles facing left-handed pitching.

Rivera is 34 and has a .779 career OPS, Thames is 32 and has a .794 career OPS.┬áRivera might be slightly better than Thames in a larger role and he’s healthier at the moment, but by swapping them the Dodgers are basically doing nothing. Talk about shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

  1. dodger88 - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:29 PM


    I would much prefer Jerry Sands and/or Trayvon Robinson get called up than waste ABs on Rivera. He does reasonably well against lefties but it’s not like the Dodgers are going to bench either Ethier or Loney in favour of Rivera. Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  2. sknut - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Is cash considerations like a IOU written in a crayon on a used napkin?

  3. SmackSaw - Jul 12, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    This is what it’s come to for Dodger fans. Pathetic.

  4. losburrosinblue - Jul 12, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Woohoo. We’re buyers baby!

    …I’m crying inside…

  5. SmackSaw - Jul 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Rivera will become the ninth Dodger to start in left field this season.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    And some of you laughed when I wrote that the Jays thought that they could trade Rivera! AA can pull off miracles in the trade market. This is a nice tidying up of loose ends from the miraculous Wells trade.

  7. pisano - Jul 12, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    The Yankees should try to get Thames and get rid of Andruw (smiling strikeout) Jones asap. Jones is hitting below the Mendoza line and needs to get in the wind.

    • SmackSaw - Jul 12, 2011 at 5:27 PM

      Jones should retire seeing as the Dodgers still owe him 11 million.


    • proudlycanadian - Jul 12, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      The Yankees could have had Rivera. Rivera is having a better season than Marcus Thames.

  8. cup0pizza - Jul 13, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    The genius Ned Colletti strikes again.

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