In what seems like a mirror image of their trade for Brian Dozier a year ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers have struck a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals for veteran infielder Jedd Gyorko, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The return is currently unknown.
#Dodgers acquiring Jedd Gyorko from #STLCards, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2019
Gyorko, 30, is in his seventh big-league season and fourth with the Cardinals. (He spent three years with the Padres.) Gyorko’s 2019 has been shortened due to an injury that currently has him on the 60-day injured list, but in the 39 games he was active for, he slashed .196/.274/.304 with seven runs knocked in on 11 hits, including two homers. He struck out 14 times and walked six.
A former 2010 second-round pick, Gyorko made his way to St. Louis in a 2014 trade that sent Jon Jay to San Diego one year after Gyorko signed a multi-year extension. That contract expires at the end of this season, but Los Angeles will have the option of exercising a $13 million club option for 2020 or buying it out for $1 million.
Gyorko is a great depth move, for sure, but unless he can come out of the bullpen, the Dodgers still have some work to do as the deadline approaches.