The Dodgers acquired 26-year-old right-hander Matt West from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for cash.
West will be assigned to Double-A Tulsa and joins the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. Hyun-Jin Ryu was transfered to the 60-day disabled list to make room for West. In 12 ⅓ scoreless innings for the Blue Jays’ Double-A New Hampshire affiliate in the Eastern League this season, West had allowed only one unearned run. The Houston native also has one save and 17 strikeouts against just four walks in his seven appearances.
In five minor league seasons, the converted third baseman is 6-9 with a 3.64 ERA (47 ER, 116 ⅓ innings) and 14 saves in 90 games (two starts) in the Rangers and Blue Jays’ organizations. West had Tommy John surgery in August 2012 that forced him to miss most of the following season.
West made his Major League debut last season for Texas and appeared in three games out of the Rangers’ bullpen in July. West was originally selected by the Rangers in the second round (No. 80) of the 2007 draft out of Bellaire High School in Houston.
West has one option year remaining in his contract.
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.