While the Astros cheating scandal has dominated the Baseball headlines over the past week or so, there hasn’t been much Dodgers roster related news. Lost in the shuffle of the public Houston shaming was the Dodgers designating reliever Casey Sadler for assignment and then trading him to the Chicago Cubs for minor league infielder Clayton Daniel.
Every once in a while Andrew Friedman does acquire a reliable arm. Then he normally almost immediately lets him go. Apparently Sadler was designated because they needed a 40-man roster spot for southpaw Alex Wood, who they signed to a one-year four million dollar deal via free agency.
It’s a bit difficult to understand as Sadler was surprisingly effective in 2019 for the Dodgers. The 29-year old right hander posted a 2.33 ERA and a 4-0 record in 27 innings pitched out of the Dodgers bullpen last season. Sadler allowed just three home runs, struck out 20 and walked eight during his 24 appearances. Sadler posted a 1.86 ERA with the Rays before being acquired by the Dodgers and generally kept the ball in the park with a 51.8% ground ball rate.
LA! You were everything we didn’t know we needed. It was an honor, and an experience my family and I will cherish forever! I couldn’t have asked for better fans, teammates, & staff, each helped renew that childlike love of baseball in me that I will carry on! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/6a9NpCuYqd
— Casey Sadler (@sadler_squared) January 16, 2020
Daniel, a 24-year old right handed hitting infielder has yet to play above the double-A level. It’s unlikely he will appear at the major league level for the Dodgers in 2020. He’s got little to no power never hitting more than two home runs in any level of professional baseball. A career .290 minor league hitter in five seasons has also had experience in left field in addition to playing second, short and third.
Looking at the Dodger’s 40-man roster, is he any worse than Josh Sborz? Does Tyler White really need to stick on the 40-man roster? Do we need to see another mediocre season from Scott Alexander to change our opinion of his pitching? I get it, a roster spot needed to be had for Wood. Yet I wonder if maybe Sadler could have been held onto somehow for at least a look during spring training.