The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Adam McCreery from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations. As a corresponding move to add McCreery to their 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated reliever Pat Venditte for assignment.
McCreery was a 22nd-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2014 out of Azusa Pacific University. The La Verne, Calif., native was traded to the Braves in 2016 in exchange for Jhoulys Chacin.
The 25-year-old made his Major League debut this past August against the Washington Nationals, allowing four hits and two runs in an innings of work while striking out two. That is his only career Major League appearance.
McCreery made 34 appearances with Double-A Mississippi in 2018, posting a 3.83 ERA and 1.72 WHIP while striking out 61 and walking 33 in 47 innings. He also pitched in eight games with Triple-A Gwinnett and fared much better, pitching to a 2.35 ERA and 0.91 WHIP.
Overall in 42 combined appearances between the two levels, the six-foot, nine-inch southpaw yielded a 3.62 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with 71 strikeouts and 37 walks in 54.2 innings.
The switch-pitching Venditte went back and forth between Triple-A Oklahoma City and the big leagues for most of the 2018 season. In 15 appearances with the Dodgers, he pitched to a solid 2.57 ERA, 3.87 FIP and 1.00 WHIP while striking out nine and walking three in 14 innings.
He also pitched in 45 games with OKC and had an impressive 1.75 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. Venditte had 62 strikeouts and 14 walks in 51.1 innings during those games.