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Dodgers Roster News: LA Swings Trade With Rays For a Pitcher

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.

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

12 Comments

  1. Meanwhile Stripling signs with the Giants. This off-season the front office can’t spell clue if you spot them the consonants, vowels and bring in Vanna White to touch the letters!!!

  2. Dodgers fans are so clueless. This is a excellent pickup for the future.

    BTW – Some combination of Ryan Pepiot, Gavin Stone, Michael Grove, and Bobby Miller will outperform Ross Stripling over the next 2 years.

    1. HAH! All four of the guys you mention PLUS Sheehan will outperform Stripling…!

    2. True, but Pepiot only knows two things: Strike’em out or walk them and he did more than his share of the latter. If he can’t be consistent he not worth a damn to the Dodgers

    3. Yes, there’s “always next year” but, unfortunately, that’s a tune we’re hearing much too often from Friedman’s Dodgers.

  3. I’m guessing the “huge” is sarcastic. This may be an excellent pickup up but right now it is just another dumpster dive that may or may not work out.

  4. The key is the fact he is under team control for 3 more years AFTER 23’. This is a very low cost low risk reclamation project. The Dodgers are very good at this sort of thing

    1. They sure are. Now, sign Syndergaard to cover for Buehler, and do their magic with him too…

  5. Huge? He’s pitched a total of 89.2 innings, has a plus 3 era. I hear the Dodgers are waiting to see what happens with Bauer because of his salary. Still as much a LA is criticized for the high payroll, they sure aren’t spending big. Friedman’s signing preferences of what I call the band aid brigade is killing the team!

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