Just reported a couple minutes ago, the Tampa Bay Rays have once again traded a key member of their team after making it to the World Series just last season. This time, hard throwing left handed reliever Jose Alvarado is headed to Philadelphia, with the Dodgers jumping into the deal as well. The deal breaks down as the Rays getting first base prospect Dillon Paulson from the Dodgers and a PTBNL from the Dodgers as well. The Phillies will be getting Alvarado as previously mentioned, and the Dodgers get left hander Garrett Cleavinger from Philadelphia.
Alvarado has some of the best stuff in the big leagues, regularly topping 100 MPH, but struggling these last two seasons for Tampa Bay and dealing with staying healthy and on the field. When Alvarado is healthy and is pounding the strike zone, he is extremely effective, and could easily take over the closing role from Hector Neris in Philadelphia.
Dillon Paulson was not ranked in the top 20 in the Dodgers prospects, but the 13th round pick in 2018 from University of Southern California has shown some potential in the Minor Leagues. Between High A Rancho Cucamonga and Low A Great Lakes in 2019, Paulson posted a .798 OPS combined, and especially raked in High A, posting a .923 OPS in 35 games, and has shown the ability to get on base at a high rate in the Minors, posting a .373 OBP during his time.
Headed to Los Angeles is Garrett Clevinger, who got his first taste of the Big Leagues in 2020, with a limited 0.2 Innings with Philadelphia. The third round pick in 2015 out of University of Oregon came over to Philadelphia from Baltimore in the Jeremy Hellickson deal, and struggled in his first two seasons, posting a 6.00 ERA in 2017, and 7.42 ERA in 2018. Things appeared to turn around for Clevinger in 2019, as he posted a 3.66 ERA out of the bullpen in 51.2 innings, while striking out an unreal 14.5 per 9 innings. Clevinger will give the Dodgers another powerful arm out of the bullpen, but with the depth at the position in the Dodgers system, it might be hard for him to crack the roster.