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Dodgers Release Josh Fields

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Josh Fields #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch in the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 10, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

The Dodgers released right-handed reliever Josh Fields after he was recently designated for assignment to make room for pitcher Donnie Hart.

Josh Fields was a part of both Dodger World Series runs and was a key piece of the bullpen. Across three seasons with the club, Fields posted a 3.11 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 133 innings.

In 2018, Fields held a 2.20 ERA with a much weaker underlying 3.62 FIP.

In addition, Fields pitched 5 innings in the postseason with a dreadful 7.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP.


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This move does come as a bit of a surprise considering Fields had been above-average in his time with the club. However, he was out of options and the Dodgers seem to be confident in Yimi Garcia.

The team initially acquired Josh Fields from the Astros back in 2016 in exchange for the current 44th-ranked prospect in baseball, outfielder Yordan Alvarez. Yes, that is pretty disappointing.

The Dodgers do have a lot of options for the bullpen so Fields became a tad expendable.

Donnie Hart, the left-hander the Dodgers received that forced Fields out of a roster spot, has posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.50 ERA across 81 big-league frames.

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. Great article, the numbers are a little off though. Josh Fields, while with the Dodgers, had a 2.61 ERA, 4 saves, 117.33 innings pitched, and hadn’t given up any runs (earned or unearned) across 4 post season series (3.33IP) until he fell apart in the World Series when he gave up three hits, two runs, two homeruns while failing to get any batters out. Donnie Hart has a 1.500 WHIP in his big league career. With that said… can we sign Craig Kimbrel already!? We need more fire ballers for the post season, not relievers throwing 92 miles per hour. It may be true that relievers are volatile and unpredictable, but we’re talking Craig frickin Kimbrel, 1.91 ERA, 1.96 FIP, 0.920 WHIP, and he’s still only 30, 12 days older than Joe Kelly who we just signed for 3 maybe 4 years. If the Dodgers went after Kimbrel then I’d be convinced they were fully committed to winning the whole thing.

  2. how can you have a better record when the rest of the team is tanking it…….average in double digits for strikeouts by Dodger batters…..day after day the team is playing catch-up…….roberts broke the lead in his pencil……who’s on first?…….know this team has capabilities when there is some leadership and not on managements “bad list”…..players are hired for their abilities and those can’t shine if you have nothing to be proud about……player vs player based on how much money they can save with contracts

  3. Pick up a rookie in place of a veteran that hasn’t done bad? I guess top brass figures if the rookie fails they can bring up other rookies and see how they do.

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