UPDATE (Dec. 16, 2:05 p.m. PT): The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday they completed their trade for Juan Nicasio by sending Noel Cuevas to the Colorado Rockies:
The Dodgers have sent minor-league OF Noel Cuevas to the @Rockies to complete the November 24 trade for Juan Nicasio.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 16, 2014
It’s the second trade is as many days that the Dodgers completed by dealing a Minor League player and it was the latest move on what’s been a busy day for the team as they also formally announced the signing of Brandon McCarthy and designated Brian Wilson for assignment.
On the same day as reports of Hanley Ramirez agreeing to terms with the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Dodgers remained active on the trade market.
A few days removed from trading for Mike Bolsinger, the Dodgers announced they acquired Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Like Bolsinger, Nicasio was recently designated for assignment.
To make room on the 40-man roster for the Nicasio, the Dodgers designated infielder Ryan Jackson for assignment, who they claimed off waivers in president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s first move. Nicasio completed his fourth season in the Majors by making most game appearances (33) including 14 starts, but for only a total of 93.2 innings pitched.
Nicasio also made 10 appearances (four starts) with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate last season and posted a 3-2 record with a 4.54 ERA. As a reliever with the Rockies in 2014, the right-hander held batters to a slash of .227/.275/.400 with a 3.48 ERA, which is superior to his marks as a starter when opponents hit .305/.361/.546 and he had a 5.92 ERA.
Nicasio finished 2014 with a 6-6 record, 5.38 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. His home/away splits don’t reveal much other than Nicasio faring slightly better at home than on the road. At home, opponents hit .282/.326/.541 off Nicasio with his marks on the road were .300/.369/.480.
In his career, Nicasio has started in 69 of his 88 game appearances and is 21-22 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He’s out of options and joins the list of Dodgers who are eligible for salary arbitration.