The Dodgers are making a move ahead of their series finale against the Giants. Looking to take the last game and split the series, Los Angeles added an outfielder that they just landed in a trade on Wednesday.
The Mets and Dodgers swung a deal for outfielder Billy McKinney early on Wednesday. It was announced later that Los Angeles would be sending out minor league outfielder Carlos Rincon in the trade.
Today, the Dodgers officially added McKinney to the active roster. That means he will be with the team and available tonight against the Giants. McKinney can play all 3 outfield spots and has spent limited time at first base.
McKinney’s numbers don’t immediately jump out at you on paper, but his peripherals are what the Dodgers are looking at in this deal. His speed and defensive prowess are enough to make him an upgrade over any minor leaguer they have had on the active roster.
But McKinney also offers incredibly fast hands and the ability to go on a hot streak at any point. He’s out of minor league options at this point in his career, but McKinney should be a good bat and glove to have come off of the bench. He doesn’t hit left-handed pitching, but McKinney can put up good at-bats against righties.
To make room for McKinney on the active roster, the Dodgers sent Zach Reks back down to Triple-A. He is still hitless in his very young big league career.