The Los Angeles Dodgers made a trade to improve its prowess behind the plate Thursday, acquiring Carlos Ruiz from the Philadelphia Phillies for A.J. Ellis. The trade obviously gives the Dodgers a little bit of a boost heading into the final stretch of the season, but for its top ace — Clayton Kershaw — it might have come as a slap to the face.
Ellis and Kershaw were battery mates made in baseball heaven. The Los Angeles Times reported that Kershaw said he was “devastated” and “shocked” by the trade.
As Deadspin notes, Kershaw and Ellis were more than just a pitcher and a catcher, they were best friends. However, with Kershaw spending the last two months on the disabled list and Ellis not really doing much behind the plate, the Dodgers really had to make some kind of move to get better. Ellis’ .194/.285/.252 in 52 games wasn’t helping his cause of staying in L.A.
Ruiz comes from the Phillies hitting .261/.368/.352 with 3 homers and 12 RBI in only 48 games with the Phillies. Los Angeles is hoping that he can have a Chase Utley moment and bring some rejuvenation to the Dodgers offense.
They were nearly no-hit by the San Francisco Giants Thursday night.