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Wiffman Is Back Where He Started

February 20, 2017

When Brett Bevelacqua brought Rob "Wiffman" Piervinanzi to the Dodgers in 2014 it was under the old rule where you could add any new player to your team for two games but after that you had to put them on Waivers. It was a well timed move for the Dodgers. Wiffman joined just in time for a rematch of the previous year's round two playoff series between the Tigers and Dodgers. Thanks to some fantastic pitching by Ryan McElrath, a home run by Wiffman and a well timed single by yours truly the Dodgers swept.

 

Wiffman was claimed the next week on Waivers by the D-Backs, helped them to the playoffs and won Rookie of the Year. The following year he brought back the Blue Jays, broke the HR record, won the League's Triple Crown, got all the way to the final four and won the MVP. Last year he went into the draft and was selected by the Padres who ran into the eventual champs the Expos in the playoffs. For a second straight year he won the MVP based on his second straight Triple Crown season.

 

After finishing the season 8-14 the Dodgers wound up with the third pick in the 2017 Palisades WBL Draft. Earlier this month they sent Schaefer and their third pick to the Brewers in return for the top pick. The Padres then agreed to send Wiffman to the Dodgers for the first overall pick

 

With this trade Wiffman joins a formidable pitching rotation of Johnny Costa and Tim Trenary. In all the Dodgers lost nine games last season by a run or less, five of those loses were by two or less bases. With the addition of Wiffman and a stingy rotation that doesn't allow many base runners this could be the piece that brings the Dodgers back to the glory they enjoyed just two short seasons ago.

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