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Dodgers trade Victor González & Jorbit Vivas to Yankees for Trey Sweeney

New York Yankees infielder Trey Sweeney (54) throws the ball over to first base during the spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies on February 25, 2023 at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida.
New York Yankees infielder Trey Sweeney (54) throws the ball over to first base during the spring training game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies on February 25, 2023 at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida.
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The Dodgers haven’t yet made their deals with Shohei Ohtani and Joe Kelly official, but on Monday they made a move to clear some space on the 40-man roster for when the Ohtani and Kelly contracts are finalized. The Dodgers traded pitcher Victor González and second baseman Jorbit Vivas to the Yankees in exchange for minor league shortstop Trey Sweeney.

Alden González at ESPN was the first to report the trade.

González had a 4.01 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks in 33⅔ innings in his 34 games as the third left-hander on the Dodgers bullpen depth chart in 2023. His peripheral numbers were better, including allowing only two home runs, and González had a 3.12 xERA and 3.40 FIP.

He is out of options, having used option years in 2020, 2021, and 2023.

González, who turned 28 on Thursday, has three years, 58 days of major league service time and was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter. MLB Trade Rumors projected the left-hander to earn $1 million in 2024, while Cot’s Baseball Contracts predicted a salary of $950,000 for González next year.

González was the winning pitcher in Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, which secured the Dodgers’ first championship in 32 years.

Vivas hit a combined .269/.381/.407 with 25 doubles, 13 home runs, and a 111 wRC+ across two levels in 2023, and was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City in late August. The second baseman, who turns 23 in March, was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in November 2021, and now has only one option year remaining.

A left-handed batter, Vivas hit just .232/.331/.306 against lefty pitchers in 2023 and over the last two years has a .664 OPS against southpaws, compared to .817 against right-handers.

Sweeney hit .252/.367/.411 with 13 home runs, 20 doubles, 20 stolen bases, and a 118 wRC+ in 100 games with Double-A Somerset in 2023. The left-handed batter, who turns 24 in April, was rated the Yankees No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline earlier in 2023.

The Yankees drafted Sweeney in the first round in 2021 out of Eastern Illinois, and he’ll be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft next December.

Jeffrey Paternostro at Baseball Prospectus offered his opinion on the deal.

With this trade, the Dodgers now have 38 players on the 40-man roster, with two spots cleared for Ohtani and Kelly.