The Dodgers have acquired left-handed reliever Adam Kolarek from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for OF Niko Hulsizer.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Adam Kolarek from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Niko Hulsizer.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 31, 2019
Kolarek, 30, holds a 3.95 ERA in 54 games this season. In parts of 3 Major League seasons, he is a combined 6-3 with a 4.19 ERA and 59 strikeouts.
He adds a much-needed lefty to the Dodgers’ bullpen. Kolarek is fantastic against left-handed batters and should step into some type of LOOGY role with the Dodgers, only allowing a .232 wOBA to southpaw hitters. Kolarek posted a 2.58 FIP in 34 1/3 innings in 2018.
Hulsizer, 22, is an outfielder who was playing at High-A Rancho Cucamonga with immense raw power. He has hit 20 home runs in 83 games across two levels this season. He was selected by the Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2018 MLB Draft, and was named Midwest Player of the Month in June. He was climbing up Dodgers’ prospect boards and the Dodgers sold high.
This might not be the deal you were looking for, but Kolarek is an obvious upgrade over the current lefty situation. He is most likely better than Caleb Ferguson and Scott Alexander.