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At Trade Deadline, Sound Of Silence Should Be Music To Dodger Fans' Ears

The Dodgers lackluster moves at the trade deadline signals even brighter days are indeed ahead.

The San Diego Padres won the MLB trade deadline.

Getting a future Hall of Fame player in his year-23 season is a total win, no matter what you give up. That San Diego also netted Josh Hader, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury on Tuesday only solidifies the sentiment that they will be playing deep into the fall.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, got Joey Gallo.

Oh, they also made some additions by subtraction, depending on what you think of Jake Lamb and Mitch White, who will now be playing for the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, respectively.

It’s a far cry from where an alternate universe would have the Dodgers right now. At the outset of Tuesday, optimism was running high that L.A. would make another huge splash and rob other contenders of the top Soto prize.

Instead, they have to settle for their roster.

It’s a roster that has commanded a 69-33 record. It’s a roster that may soon get bigger, badder, and more prolific with the additions of players on the IL, which could alone fill a second roster.

Let’s just say that the number of players on the IL who would normally make a positive contribution to the team is substantial.

Chris Taylor is set to make a rehab assignment after injuring his foot. Edwin Rios is about two weeks away from returning from a hamstring injury.

As for pitching, it could get mighty crowded if and when Walker Buehler (60-day, elbow), Dustin May, Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol all return.

There is no room for assumptions in this sport. But if healthy, the Dodgers aren’t just loaded, they have an embarrassment of riches.

A rebound for Tony Gonsolin and consistency from Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney had to give Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, confidence that standing pat was the right move.

Now the Dodgers hold the best record in the National League, are 12 games up on the Padres, and are getting healthier.

They also continue to have one of the best farm systems in the game. A flamethrower like Bobby Miller or infield gem like Miguel Vargas are still a phone call away.

It would have been nice to make a seismic move at the deadline and shore up obvious issues on the roster.

But there is no perfect team. Yet as constructed, the Dodgers were already as close as you come.