Dodgers @ Diamondbacks May 21, 2012: Youth Leads The Way

For the first time this season, the Dodgers will head into Arizona to visit Chase Field in what could potentially be a big three-game set, considering how much the Diamondbacks have struggled so far this year. Arizona made a semi-notable roster move earlier today, DFA’ing Cody Ransom and recalling former Dodger prospect Josh Bell, who had been acquired from Baltimore after being DFA’d himself earlier this year. Though it seems most recall the trade that shipped Bell off to Baltimore for George Sherrill as a failure, remembering only Sherrill’s tough 2010 in Los Angeles, I actually liked the deal at the time:

And really, it’s the fact that it’s Steve Johnson, and not Scott Elbert, who’s joining Bell with the O’s that makes this trade a win and not a disaster. Bell’s a solid prospect, but not a superstar-in-waiting, and you have to expect to give up at least that much. Johnson’s intriguing, but hardly someone you lose sleep over. Elbert’s already shown success at the major league level, and losing him would not only cost his services as a Dodger, but his availability in any possible Roy Halladay trade.

I say that I hate things so often around here that I’m thrilled to be able to take the other side: this is a good, solid trade that’s going to help the Dodgers without killing them in the future. Even better, Sherrill’s only arbitration-eligible, so he can’t just walk away. Job well done by Ned Colletti on this one.

See? Believe it or not, it actually is possible for me to like deals that involve trading away prospects for veterans, and considering how great Sherrill was down the stretch in 2009 while Bell has failed to develop, I think that’s a trade that still looks good in retrospect.

Bell is in tonight’s lineup at third base and hitting eighth, while the crew the Dodgers are running out looks considerably different than it did yesterday, as Don Mattingly cuts out several of the lefties against Arizona southpaw Patrick Corbin. Ivan De Jesus is in at second base to make his first big-league start of the season, which pushes Elian Herrera over to third base for the first time. Sunday hero Scott Van Slyke gets his first shot at first base; not only that, he’s hitting cleanup. I’m pretty sure we all hoped to see Van Slyke & Jerry Sands together in the middle of the lineup someday. Is May 2012 too soon? I suppose we’ll find out.

Dodgers
Diamondbacks
CF
Gwynn
SS
Bloomquist
3B
Herrera
2B
Hill
RF
Ethier
RF
Upton
1B
Van Slyke
C
Montero
LF
Sands
CF
Young
2B
De Jesus
LF
Kubel
C
Treanor
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Sellers
3B
Bell
P
Capuano
P
Corbin

 

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