Why the Stripling/Pedersen Trade Didn’t Go Down

Find out why part of the block buster trade did not down.


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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Joc Pederson #31 and Ross Stripling #68 celebrate with Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as they defeated the Texas Rangers in the eleventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Andrew Chouinard, Staff Writer

As a part of the Mookie Betts trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to send Joc Pederson(Out Fielder), and Ross Stripling(Starting Pitcher) to the Los Angeles for Luis Rengifo(Infielder) and two prospects. As an Angels fan myself, I was really hyped for this trade because if the Angels added Pederson, it would really help their line up. Also, the addition of Stripling would really help their pitching, but the downside to acquiring Stripling is that he is always on and off the disabled list. But after the Betts trade was completed, which sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Dodgers, the Angels pulled out of the deal. This was really surprising, unexpected and kind of confused people because most probably thought that Dodgers pulled out, but that was not the case. It was also surprising because Pedersen has been on the trading block a couple of times.
The main question is why the Angels pulled out of the deal. There have been rumors that Angels owner Arte Moreno was “fuming over being kept on hold”, according to Dodgers Nation. So the impatience of the Angels owner cost them maybe two fantastic additions to their roster. Now, the Dodgers are even more stacked with Betts, Price, Bellinger, Turner, Seager, and way more. They are going to be unstoppable, and maybe they’ll make it to the World Series and not lose to a trash can! But if Arte Moreno did not lose his patience, maybe the Angels would have had a pretty successful off-season (not that it hasn’t been pretty good with the addition of Anthony Rendon already). But the Dodgers are still wanting to trade Pedersen because they have a crowded outfield and no need for Joc Pedersen to be out their. The National League does not have a designated hitter, so Pedersen could not be in their line up. So their is pretty much no other choice then to trade Pedersen somewhere else. But where will the Dodgers send Pedersen? Will the Dodgers/Angels trade get revived later, maybe during the middle of the season?