The Dodgers didn’t really need left handed reliever Vidal Nuno, nor were they likely to ever give him a chance to make the opening day roster. The only reason the Dodgers acquired Nuno was because they were trying to dump veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz to clear roster space. They did that when they flipped Ruiz to the Mariners for the 29-year old southpaw back in November. Now they are doing it again, as they need to clear roster space once more.
Today, the #Dodgers acquired minor league RHP Ryan Moseley from the Orioles in exchange for LHP Vidal Nuño.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 19, 2017
Today the Dodgers announced they have traded Nuno to Baltimore for minor league right hander Ryan Moseley. The 22-year old Texas native has only logged 19.2 professional innings under his belt. He was originally drafted by the orioles in the 36 round of the 2013 amateur draft, but chose to remain in school at Texas Tech University. The Orioles drafted him again in 2016, this time in the eighth round of the draft.
Nuno still has several more team controlled years left, and will earn just 1.12 million dollars with the Orioles this season. The Dodgers will use his roster spot for the newly acquired outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.
As for Moseley, he profiles as a middle reliever and that may be his ceiling. Moseley posted a 3.20 ERA in 12 appearances at high A-ball last season in the Baltimore farm system. He posted 8.2 strikeouts per nine and a 1.1 WHIP.