With the trade deadline a little over two weeks away, the Los Angeles Dodgers are expected to make some moves in order to get ready for the summer stretch and a postseason run.
The Dodgers have made a flurry of smaller trades and waiver claims so far this year, with the trade of Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves the biggest move to date. Last week, the team claimed right-hander Preston Guilmet from the Tampa Bay Rays. In order to put him on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated left-hander Chris Reed for assignment.
On Wednesday morning, the former first round pick was traded to the Miami Marlins in exchange for another minor-league left-hander in Grant Dayton.
Reed was the 16th overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Dodgers, but he had yet to reach the big leagues in any of his five seasons in the organization. The left-hander pitched in Double-A and Triple-A this season, combining for a 5.97 ERA in 24 games (34.2 innings). Reed was being transitioned from a starter to a reliever.
As for the player the Dodgers acquired, Dayton is a left-handed reliever that was drafted in the 11th round in 2010. He reached Triple-A for the first time last season and has spent the entire year there so far in 2015. He is currently 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA in 25 games (35.0 innings). As with most players the Dodgers have acquired via trade or waiver claim this season, Dayton could find himself in the big leagues at some point, even if it’s just for a day.
It’s safe to say that this won’t be the biggest move the Dodgers make this month.