Why did Dodgers trade Mattingly's son?
Posted on: September 27, 2010 1:50 pm
From a baseball perspective, the Dodgers trading a disappointing player in the low minors is a non-story. Preston Mattingly, the Dodgers' first-round pick in 2006, had a terrible season (.218/.247/.291) between rookie league and low Class A, and does not project to be a major leaguer soon or probably ever. Now, after Sunday's swap, he's a cog in the Indians' system instead of the Dodgers' system.
What makes this minor trade interesting is that Preston Mattingly is the son of Don Mattingly, who was named a week earlier as the Dodgers' next manager. Why would the organization quickly ship out the new skipper's kid?
There are a couple of possible reasons. It might be that the Dodgers just wanted to remove the son from the father's purview and eliminate any dilemmas or uncomfortable situations in which Mattingly would have to weigh in on his son's professional future.
Another possibility is that, as has been rumored, the Dodgers were upset about this Twitter post, in which Preston Mattingly hinted at his father's news hours before the move was announced by the team. The trade could have been punitive.
In either case, you have to wonder whether either Mattingly is happy about the move.
-- David Andriesen
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