Dodgers acquire Josh Fields from Astros

Josh Fields (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Josh Fields (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

By Jon Weisman

In another Deadline Day move, the Dodgers acquired right-handed reliever Josh Fields from the Astros for minor-league first baseman Yordan Alvarez.

To make room Fields on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers moved Hyun-Jin Ryu to the 60-day disabled list. If healthy, Ryu is eligible to come off the disabled list after the first week of September.

Fields, who turns 31 on August 19, has a career 4.53 ERA in 150 MLB innings with a 1.26 WHIP and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. With Triple-A Fresno this season, Fields has a 1.65 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 10.5 K/9. He was selected in the first round of 2008 draft (20th overall) by Seattle.

A different Josh Fields OPSed .880 in 133 games for Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers’ farm system in 2012.

The 19-year-old Alvarez was signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent on June 15 out of Las Tunas, Cuba.


And again, who the hell does he replace?

Another piece of a very mediocre and undistinguished collection. At least we won’t see Casey Fien being hit – he can see Josh Fields or Jesse Chavez. Then, there is the injured pitcher that Friedman and Zahdi are so fond of . . . we they ever acquire starting pitchers who aren’t hurt?

Pitchers and injuries go together like love and marriage, such that the broad brush you paint with isn’t up to the task. 85 pitchers have been on the DL this year in the MLB, with various injuries. Of that list, I am particularly fond of Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, Felix Hernandez, Yu Darvish, Stephan Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Matt Harvey, Sonny Gray, and Gerrit Cole.

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