Los Angeles Dodgers Trade For 6-Year Veteran Infielder

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly acquired infielder Pat Valaika from the Seattle Mariners.

Valaika, a 30-year-old player, had previously signed a minor league deal with the Mariners earlier this year and had been performing in Triple-A.

In his 38 games at that level, Valaika showcased solid plate discipline with a 13.3% walk rate, although his power numbers were relatively modest with just four home runs.

Having gained major league experience with the Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles, Valaika brings versatility to the Dodgers, as he has played all four infield positions and the outfield corners.

The Dodgers' decision to acquire Valaika stems from the injuries to Gavin Lux and Chris Taylor, as they aim to strengthen their infield depth.

Valaika will join the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers initially, with the opportunity to earn a promotion back to the majors.

This move will provide the Dodgers with added flexibility and options within their roster, allowing Valaika to contribute in various positions as needed.

Across his six-year career, the 30-year-old has posted a .221/.264/.378 triple-slash line, with 30 home runs, 92 RBIs, and 91 runs scored over 373 games played.

Valaika spent the first four seasons of his career with the Colorado Rockies, before joining the Baltimore Orioles from 2020-21. Photo Credit: Daniel Kucin Jr.-USA TODAY Sports