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Dodgers Acquire Reliever Casey Sadler from the Tampa Bay Rays

The Dodgers traded prospect RHP Nathan Witt to Tampa in exchange for Casey Sadler.

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 03: Casey Sadler #65 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 3, 2019 in Baltimore. Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have acquired reliever Casey Sadler from the Tampa Bay Rays. In exchange, they sent minor league RHP Nathan Witt to TB. Sadler is a right-handed pitcher who has enjoyed a great deal of success this season.

Sadler has taken Rich Hill’s spot on the 40-man roster after Rich Hill was transferred to the 60-day IL.

Sadler, 28, has a 1.86 ERA albeit with a less than stellar 5.70 DRA in 19 1/3 innings this season with Tampa Bay. He also does not strike many guys out — 13.9 K%, which would put him among the worst strikeout pitchers with his innings total.

Witt, the Dodgers’ 17th-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, has not enjoyed much success outside of the strikeouts (31 in 23 2/3 innings). The 5.32 ERA looks much better when you see a 3.09 FIP and 2.98 xFIP to support that.

The Dodgers could have found a short-term help for the bullpen in the right-hander Sadler, but this is not the final fix.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Is anyone surprised that a deal was made with Freidman’s former team, the Rays? I am not but the last sentence by Daniel here is correct. Sadler is not a final fix for the BP BY ANY MEANS. Not being able to strike many hitters out at all may not go to well once he is brought here to MLB.

  2. You’re right Paul,not the answer.With Hill almost done for the season,now is the time to trade for Wheeler from the Mets. A short term option as he is a free agent.at the end of the year and won’t cost a lot in prospects.Watched him against the Yankees last night,throws gas and controlled all their right handed hitters. It allows Urias to stay in the bullpen where he is needed most. Kelly in the7th, Baez in the 8th ,Urias or Jansen closing the deal. We need another right hand pitcher if we’re lucky to make it to the WS again and more than likely will face the Yankees heavy hitting right handed lineup. Maeda goes to the bullpen. Wheeler will help alleviate part of the bullpen issues. Are you listening Andrew Friedman or reading these well thought out comments.

  3. The Dodgers need a starting pitcher in addition to a relief pitcher, if they want to win a WS. Kershaw, Hill, Stripling are fair at best. Just depends on how bad they want it! Need to go out and get the players needed to make it happen!

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