The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t dominating the National League like they were earlier in the season. On Monday, the club brought in some reinforcements by trading for Jim Thome and John Garland.
Thome comes from the Chicago White Sox where he was hitting .249 with 23 homers, 55 runs and 74 RBIs. The 39-year-old has solely been a designated hitter in the last couple years. With that in mind, he may simply be used as a pinch hitter by the Dodgers.
“We’re bring him here to come off the bench and be a great influence in the clubhouse,” said Dodgers GM Ned Colleti. “He’s one of the true great guys in the game.”
In Garland, the Dodgers got a starting pitcher who can step right into their rotation. On the season, he has a 4.29 ERA to go with an 8-11 record. He played this year with the Arizona Diamondbacks after spending last year with the Los Angeles Angels.
The White Sox will received Justin Fuller in return for Thome. Fuller is an infielder in the minors. The Diamondbacks received a player to be named.