Grading the Los Angeles Dodgers' Moves Leading Up to the MLB Trade Deadline

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Grading the Los Angeles Dodgers' Moves Leading Up to the MLB Trade Deadline
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When Guggenheim Baseball Management’s purchase of the Los Angeles Dodgers was made official back in the spring, they made it clear that they would be committed to putting a winning product on the field as soon as possible. 

The ownership group—led by team president Stan Kasten on the baseball side—wasted no time in putting actions behind their words, first by committing to investing in top minor league talent, then by signing 21-year-old Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a record $42 million contract and finally by giving All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier a six-year, $85 million contract extension to keep him off the free agent market.

The only thing the Dodgers had yet to prove was how active they would be leading up to today’s 4 p.m. MLB non-waiver traded deadline, and that question was answered in a big, albeit incomplete way. 

The following is a grade for each of the three trades that the Dodgers made over the past week, followed by an overall grade for their performance leading up to the deadline.

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