Miami Marlins: Looking Back at the Alex Vesia Trade

Matt Melton
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 17: Alex Vesia #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 17: Alex Vesia #51 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Truist Park on October 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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One of the biggest stories of the 2021 NLCS so far has been former Miami Marlins left-hander Alex Vesia.

Drafted by the Marlins in the 17th round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of Cal State East Bay, Vesia debuted in the Miami organization back in 2018 as one of the top left-handed relievers in the Marlins system. Reaching the big leagues with Miami a year ago, Vesia appeared in five games with the Marlins where he posted a combined nine earned runs across 4.1 innings pitched.

So, how did Vesia wind-up as a member of the Dodgers where he is currently playing a massive role out of the Los Angeles bullpen in the postseason?

When did the Miami Marlins trade Alex Vesia to the Los Angeles Dodgers?

In what was one of the first significant trades for the Marlins in the 2020-21 offseason, Miami traded Vesia to the Dodgers back on February 12, 2021 alongside right-hander and former 2020 fifth round pick Kyle Hurt. In return from Los Angeles, the Marlins received right-hander Dylan Floro.

In what you could certainly argue appears to be a win-win move for each team solely based on the relievers alone, both pitchers provided significant impacts for their teams during the 2021 season.

Vesia appeared in 41 games for the Dodgers this season where he posted a 3-1 record with a 2.25 ERA across 40 innings pitched with 22 walks and 54 strikeouts. Not only did Vesia have a strong regular season, but the left-hander is also playing a massive role out of the Dodgers bullpen this October.

Floro would appear in 68 games for Miami this season in which he posted a 2.81 ERA with 15 saves across 64 innings pitched. After three strong seasons in the Dodgers bullpen, Floro has continued that stellar play with the Marlins.

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An impactful move for both teams, it appears that the Vesia/Floro trade was certainly a win-win for both the Marlins and Dodgers when looking at the 2021 season alone.

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