How the Dodgers can add players after the Aug. 2 MLB trade deadline

The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t make the impact many expected of them, but still completed five trades by MLB’s Aug. 2 trade deadline.

The Dodgers notably acquired Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees, but before that they added Chris Martin in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Meanwhile, LA traded Mitch White to the Toronto Blue Jays, Garrett Cleavinger to the Tampa Bay Rays and Jake Lamb to the Seattle Mariners.

Although the trade deadline has now passed, it is still possible for the Dodgers and other clubs to make additional moves. However, any potential swaps can only involve players who weren’t on a 40-man roster this season.

The Dodgers reached a deal after last year’s MLB trade deadline, sending Minor League wide receiver Stevie Berman to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Andrew Vasquez.

Hours before that trade with the Twins, the Dodgers also claimed Jake Jewell and Ryan Meisinger from Chicago Cubs waivers. Teams can place and claim players on outright waivers, but trades are not allowed after Aug. 2.

Last week, the Dodgers claimed Rylan Bannon off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

Prior to 2019, July 31 was considered the non-waiver trade deadline, and players could be traded after that date if they had cleared revocable trade waivers first.

The player’s home club could allow the acquiring team to take whatever money is left on their contract or take it out of waivers. If a player went through unclaimed waivers, then he could be traded to any club without restriction.

August 31 playoff slate deadline remains in effect

Because the Dodgers finalized their trade for Vasquez about 10 minutes before Sept. 1 of last year, he was eligible to appear in the playoffs for the Dodgers.

This continues to apply to all players with an organization, whether or not they are currently on the 40 player roster.

Neal T. Doss