We knew the answer was coming — we just didn’t know it would be so quick or so huge. Less than 12 hours after the Giants signed Carlos Correa to a 13-year contract, the Dodgers have acquired a pitcher who hasn’t allowed a run in over a year.
Right-handed reliever J.P. Feyereisen is headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade, sources tell ESPN. Heading back to the Tampa Bay Rays is a minor league pitcher.
Rays DFA'd Feyereisen to make room for Zach Eflin. An injury is expected to keep Feyereisen out most of 2023.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 14, 2022
Los Angeles got J.P. Feyereisen from the Rays for minor-league pitcher Jeff Belge. Feyereisen posted a 0.00 ERA in 24.1 innings in 2022 before being shut down in early June with a shoulder injury. That injury required surgery and is expected to keep him out most of 2023, but the righty has three years of team control left after 2023, so this is a move for the long-term.
Going back to Tampa Bay is Belge, who had a 3.66 ERA in 32 innings at High-A Great Lakes in 2022. Belge struck out 50 in his 32 innings, but he walked 17 and threw six wild pitches, so control is something he’ll likely need to improve if he’s going to make it. The Dodgers drafted Belge in the 18th round of the 2019 draft out of St. John’s, and the 6-foot-5 lefty turned 25 last month.
Feyereisen didn’t make his big-league debut until he was 27, throwing 9.1 innings for the Brewers in 2020 with a 5.79 ERA. He started to come into his own in 2021, posting a 3.26 ERA for Milwaukee before being traded to the Rays at midseason and posting a 2.45 ERA with his new team. Overall with Tampa Bay in about one season, he had a 1.48 ERA in 61 innings with 58 strikeouts and 27 walks.
As Passan’s tweet says, the Rays had designated Feyereisen for assignment last week to make room to sign Zach Eflin, so they had to move him or risk losing him for nothing. We won’t know how this trade looks for a while, but it’s something to keep an eye on for the next few years.
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