DODGERS RECORD BEFORE LO DUCA TRADE:
60-43 (.583), first place in NL West, 2 1/2 games ahead of San Diego
DODGERS RECORD AFTER LO DUCA TRADE:
33-26 (.559), first place in NL West, 2 games ahead of San Francisco
So after losing their heartiest, souliest player, the Dodgers sacrificed .024 of their winning percentage. (They also acquired Steve Finley and Brent Mayne for minor leaguers around the same time they lost Lo Duca, so maybe those two guys filled the heart/soul quotient.) They also managed to win their division and steal a game from the Cardinals in the NLDS.
As a post-script, in the small sample size of 213 PA for Florida last season after the trade, Lo Duca posted an OPS+ of 82. Which is fine for a catcher I guess, but not great compared to the 109 he recorded before the trade. This year he's bounced back and been pretty productive (again, for a catcher), with an OPS of .761 and presumably outstanding leadership.
The centerpiece of the trade for the Dodgers, meanwhile, Brad Penny, has been the team's best starter this year (although he's missed a few starts with injuries), with a 3.62 ERA and a WHIP of 1.26. Hee-Seop Choi and Guillermo Mota have both been pretty disappointing and Juan Encarnacion for some reason became amazingly good (.868 OPS and 15 HR?!).
I've forgotten what the point of all this was. Oh, right. How bad could a trade really be when the team that made it goes on to surpass expectations and win its division? Also, you're still going to harp on a year-old trade that didn't have a clear negative impact?
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