Dodgers Make Curious Trade for Injured Reliever

Tyler Maher
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a puzzling trade for an injured reliever.
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a puzzling trade for an injured reliever. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

This MLB offseason has been wild so far, but one of the most unusual things about it is how quiet the Los Angeles Dodgers have been. They're typically one of the most active teams in baseball when it comes to acquiring players, but that hasn't been the case this winter.

When the Dodgers finally did make a move on Wednesday, it was an extremely curious one.

Dodgers Trade

It was reported on Wednesday morning that Los Angeles was sending a minor league pitcher (lefty Jeff Belge) to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever J.P. Feyereisen, who recently underwent shoulder surgery.

Feyereisen is expected to spend most of 2023 rehabbing and recovering, so he'll be of minimal value to the Dodgers next season. Los Angeles is apparently hoping he can bounce back and return to form when healthy, as he owns a career 8-4 record with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over 89 2/3 innings.

The 29-year-old could prove to be a solid bullpen piece for the Dodgers down the road, especially given the team's success with reclamation projects. That said, it's also possible his performance will never be the same. Los Angeles is taking a minor risk to see how it turns out.

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