The Dodgers have announced that they have traded right-handed relief pitcher Casey Sadler to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for infielder Clayton Daniel.
The Dodgers have acquired IF Clayton Daniel from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for RHP Casey Sadler.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 17, 2020
Sadler was designated for assignment this week to make room for the return of left-handed starting pitcher Alex Wood. Sadler was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays last season.
The player the Dodgers acquired, infielder Clayton Daniel, is 24 years old and spent time with Low-A and Double-A in 2019. He is a bit old for the levels, but he enjoyed a decent season in the minor leagues. Daniel played 67 minor league games inside of the Chicago Cubs organization and posted a solid .305 batting average and actually walked more than he struck out, which is a good sign. On top of the solid batting average, he posted an elite 137 wRC+. He does not possess a ton of power, but he knows how to get on base, evident within his minor league numbers.
Sadler did not have a spot on the team in Los Angeles, but he will look to find a role with the Cubs in their bullpen. Sadler posted a 2.14 ERA in 2019 with the Dodgers and Rays, but his 4.38 FIP and 4.58 SIERA paint a better picture of where he truly is at as a pitcher.
Here is the press release from the Dodgers regarding the deal:
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired infielder Clayton Daniel from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler.
Daniel, 24, has been with the Cubs’ organization for two seasons, batting a combined .290 (127-for-438) with 72 runs scored and 36 RBI across four different minor league levels. Last season, the Alabama native split his time between Low-A South Bend and Double-A Tennessee, hitting a combined .305 (73-for-239) with 11 doubles, two homers and 21 RBI. He was originally drafted in the 31st round of the 2018 First Year Player Draft out of Jacksonville State University.
Sadler, 29, was designated from assignment on Wednesday after spending the majority of the 2019 season with the Dodgers. The Oklahoma native made 24 appearances (one start) with the Dodgers, posting a 4-0 record with a 2.33 ERA (7 ER/27.0 IP) and 20 strikeouts. He was originally acquired on July 3 from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-hander Nathan Witt. He has been in the Majors for parts of four seasons, going 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA (26 ER/66.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts in 42 games (two starts).