The Dodgers gained a first baseman and lost their starting pitcher for Thursday’s game in Milwaukee.
After beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 in the 13 innings Sunday, the Dodgers designated Scott Baker for assignment and acquired 26-year-old first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.
From the club’s press release:
The Dodgers were apparently a footnote to one of the biggest salary dumps in MLB history.
According to CBSsports.com, the Dodgers were involved in discussions with the Angels and Rangers regarding Josh Hamilton “to pay some money while gathering prospects,” before Hamilton was ultimately traded to the Rangers on Monday.
That same day, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said “we’ve had a variety of talks through the last month or so revolving around a number of different possible outcomes. Some of them were more serious than others, but this is the one that always made the most sense for everybody.”
In the end, by not involving the Dodgers in the Hamilton trade, the Angels merely spared us all “old friend alerts” from Eric Stephen on Twitter every time Hamilton did something noteworthy.
The Oakland A’s designated Eury De La Rosa for assignment earlier this week after the left-hander made six appearances at Triple-A Nashville. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers claimed left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa on Thursday. The left-handed pitcher had not allowed an earned run in six innings for the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate before he was designated for assignment.
De La Rosa will be assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, pitcher Brandon McCarthy was moved to the 60-day disabled list.
McCarthy is having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow today.
De La Rosa, 25, made 44 relief appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2013-14 and posted a 4.21 ERA (4.30 FIP) in 51 1/3 innings.
His lefty-righty splits with Arizona suggest De La Rosa could be more than a situational reliever. Right-handers own a .259/.333/.440 slash line against him, left-handers .247/.322/.358.