The Los Angeles Dodgers trade veteran catcher A.J. Ellis to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. It was reported, that the Dodgers received catcher Carlos Ruiz and cash consideration for Ellis and minor leaguer Tommy Bergjans.
This was a surprise move to many as Ellis was not only a fan favorite but a clubhouse leader as well. The trade did not really make the Dodgers any better they essentially exchanged a back-up for a back-up and there may be more negative effects than positive.
To elaborate, by no means was Ellis playing well, he was hitting .194 with, one home run and 13 RBIs this season. But he was a vital member of the locker room, not to mention ace Clayton Kershaw’s preferred catcher. The Dodgers are in the thick of a pennant race and are rolling on offense. This trade could have an adverse affect on the teams chemistry and add negative flow to the locker room.
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