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True Blue LA podcast episode 2126: Dodgers position-player needs at the trade deadline

Dodgers depth chart continues to get tested

MLB: JUL 19 Giants at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The last week saw the Dodgers’ position player depth stretched to its limit, with injuries to Mookie Betts, Gavin Lux, and Cody Bellinger, and the continuous waiting on Corey Seager.

While it’s reasonable to assume most if not all will be back reasonably soon, the timing makes us wonder what the Dodgers might do at the trade deadline from a position player standpoint. You might remember last week we looked at the team’s pitching needs.

Also on the podcast, we look back at a tense week for the Dodgers, who dropped three of four games to the first-place Giants, and mixed in plenty of trivia, too.

Thanks to producer extraordinaire Brian Salvatore for making us sound listenable.

Dodgers rewind

Los Angeles Dodgers v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Owen C. Shaw/Getty Images

Fresh off the Dodgers celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1981 championship team, we look back at Candy Maldonado, a rookie on that team with 12 September at-bats, and who was present at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

Maldonado tore up the minors with the Dodgers, including as triple-crown-winner Mike Marshall’s cohort on the 1981 Albuquerque Dukes. Maldonado played parts of five years with the Dodgers, the last two (1984-85) as a semi-regular. He played mostly corner outfield but mixed in some time in center, and hit .237/.293/.345, an 89 OPS+ and 11 home runs in 598 plate appearances with the Dodgers.

Traded to the Giants for catcher Alex Trevino in December 1985 — we relay the story how Dodgers general manager Al Campanis inadvertently broke the news of the trade at the winter meetings — Maldonado relatively thrived for the next seven years as a regular with San Francisco, Cleveland, and Toronto, winning a World Series with the 1992 Blue Jays.

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