The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday traded Chris Hatcher to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for international amateur signing bonus pool space. It’s the second such trade for the Dodgers in the past six weeks, as they sent Jason Wheeler to the Baltimore Orioles in early July for bonus pool money.
“It was a situation where if you look at the depth we have in the bullpen, to get Hatch innings was going to be hard to come by,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To give him an opportunity to go to Oakland, an organization that had a lot of interest, gives Chris a new opportunity to pitch innings.”
Hatcher, who missed 42 games due to thoracic inflammation, was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list last Sunday. His last appearance with the Dodgers came June 22, when he allowed one run on one hit and collected one strikeout in 1.1 innings against the New York Mets.
In 26 games this season, Hatcher went 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA, 4.26 FIP and 1.34 WHIP. This season was a third in as many years with the Dodgers he missed significant time.
Hatcher was transferred to the 60-day disabled list in 2015 and 2016, each time because of an oblique injury. Hatcher didn’t pitch after July 19 last season because of the injury.
Over parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, he went 8-10 with four saves, a 4.64 ERA, 4.30 FIP and 1.36 WHIP in 112 games. Hatcher was acquired alongside Austin Barnes, Andrew Heaney and Kiké Hernandez from the Miami Marlins in December 2014.
Heaney was immediately flipped to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Howie Kendrick. Thus, only Barnes and Hernandez remain with the Dodgers organization.
To fill the open spot on their active roster, the Dodgers activated Rob Segedin from the 60-day disabled list. Segedin was initially sidelined by a toe injury but then underwent wrist surgery.