The Dodgers made another move to adjust their roster on Wednesday in a trade with the Athletics. Los Angeles traded away reliever Wilmer Font in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Logan Salow. Font is now out of options so Oakland will have to be added to the active roster on the move.
The #Dodgers acquired minor-league left-handed pitcher Logan Salow from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Wilmer Font.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 25, 2018
Wilmer Font experienced a brief but eventful time with the Dodgers big league club. After a strong showing coming out of the bullpen in the minor leagues, he was rewarded with a spot on the roster. Font made six appearances and threw 10.1 innings. His most notable appearance by far was a game against the Diamondbacks on April 2nd. Font entered the game in the 11th inning and pitched well into the 15th inning before giving up the winning run. He certainly earned the respect of Dodgers fans with that gutsy performance, even if it did not go the way he had hoped.
All told, Font ended up allowing 13 earned runs over his brief time at the big league level. That put his earned run average north of 11. He did show excellent command of the zone though, allowing just one free pass compared to seven strikeouts. The Dodgers designated Font for assignment earlier in the week.
Logan Salow was a sixth-round pick by the A’s in last year’s draft. He struggled with his command in the first season as a professional but has turned it around since. Salow started this year throwing 5.2 innings in 4 games and has allowed just 1 earned run. He has also struck out 8 hitters compared to 2 walks.
It’s sad to see Font go, and not just because of the joke of calling him Times New Roman. Font was put into a lot of tough spots all year and it’s no wonder he got roughed up. But Salow could potentially make the team better in a few years. It’s a tough act to balance between keeping one eye on the future and one on the present.