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Dodgers acquire infielder Jedd Gyorko

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Veteran infielder is currently on 60-day IL with lower back strain

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The Dodgers shored up their infield coverage by making a trade for veteran infield help.

The Dodgers received Jedd Gyorko, 2019-2020 International Cap Space and cash considerations from the St. Louis Cardinals for left-handed pitcher Tony Cingrani and right-handed pitcher Jeffrey Abreu . Gyorko, who turns 31 on September 23rd, is currently on the 60-day injured list and he is not eligible until August 7th for reinstatement.

Cingrani is currently on the 60-day Injured list after having arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder labrum. Abreu is a 19-year old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic and is currently on the AZL Dodgers Mota team.

Because he is on the 60-day injured list, Gyorko will not have to be placed on the 40-man roster until he is activated.

Gyorko signed a six-year extension starting in 2015, the sixth year was a team option for $13M with a $1M buyout. His current salary is $13M and the Padres are paying $5M. If the Dodgers don’t pick up the option, Gyorko would be a free agent.

Gyorko has not played much in 2019, in 38 games, he has 62 PA and he is hitting .196/.274/.304 with two home runs.

Early in his career Gyorko played primarily second base, in the past few seasons, he has played mostly third base. He also has played shortstop.

His best season was in 2017 when he had an .813 OPS in 125 games played. He has hit as many as 30 home runs and has hit 20 or more home runs three times in his career.

Gyorko has been particularity good against LHP. In 2017, he had a .917 OPS in 113 PA and in 2018, Gyorko had a .919 OPS in 112 PA.