The Dodgers have announced that they have traded right handed pitcher Zach Lee to the Mariners for utility infielder Chris Taylor. Lee a former first round draft pick in 2010 never quite panned out for the Dodgers. The hurler was a former football standout before he chose baseball and signed with the Dodgers.
Today, the #Dodgers acquired infielder Chris Taylor from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Zach Lee.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 20, 2016
Lee made only one MLB start last season for the Dodgers and tossed just 4.2 major league innings. He had made 13 starts for Oklahoma City and was 7-5 with a 4.89 ERA. Overall he was 52-46 with a 3.98 ERA in 135 career minor league starts. He struck out 7.0 per nine and walked 2.4 per nine during his six seasons in the minor leagues.
Taylor is a 25-year old right handed hitter that was originally drafted by the Mariners in the fifth round of the 2012 amateur draft. Taylor is from Virginia and has played in parts of three seasons with Seattle. He batted .287 (39 for 136) with a 347 OBP in 151 plate appearances and played in 47 games. He played in 37 games in 2015 and batted just .170 (16 for 94) with just 4 extra-base hits. He was hit by a pitch during spring training of that year and spent most of the season at triple-A Tacoma. This season Taylor hit .311 (76 for 244) with 3 home runs and 29 RBIs in 277 plate appearances. The Mariners recently called him up to the majors and he’s had just 3 plate appearances and played in two games this season. He can play 3 out of 4 infield positions but primarily second base and shortstop.
Lee had severely plummeted on the Dodger’s depth chart and it was doubtful he was ever going to get a fair chance. He’s still only 25-years old and the Mariners have decided to give him a shot. Taylor gives the Dodgers some more infield depth and I would expect to see him placed on the Oklahoma City roster.