Making Moves: Butera, Fife, Moylan, SVS, Dee called up + trades + MILB updates


The Dodgers acquired Michael Young and cash from the Phillies in exchange for minor-league lefty Rob Rasmussen.

The Dodgers on Saturday night have reportedly made a move, acquiring infielder Michael Young from the Phillies, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The trade comes just before the 9 p.m. PT deadline for players to be eligible for the postseason.

Eric Stephen reports the Dodgers will use Young in a reserve role.

The Dodgers acquired another veteran for their bench on Saturday with the trade for infielder Michael Young from the Phillies. The Dodgers acquired Young and cash considerations for left-handed minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen, and Young waived his no-trade clause to facilitate the transaction.

“He can play first, he can play third. He can come off the bench. He’s a professional hitter in a lot of ways. He’s someone who we feel has a lot left,” said general manager Ned Colletti. “As we’ve done in the past on August 31, we looked to add somebody of character and of quality, and we feel like he’s both of those.”

Which is fine, but any starts over Juan Uribe, Adrian Gonzalez, or Scott Van Slyke instantly makes the Dodgers worse.

Chad’s reaction can be found here; Dustin’s reaction is here; and I wrote about the possibility of Young a while back.

This is such a Ned Colletti move in every way.


The Dodgers signed Edinson Volquez to a guaranteed major league deal.

The Dodgers have signed Edinson Volquez to a major-league deal and the Padres will pay all but the pro-rated minimum of his salary, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The Dodgers were obviously not comfortable with Chris Capuano‘s performance as the fifth starter, and Stephen Fife has been getting knocked around in AAA after the Dodgers had him switching roles. I can’t imagine they signed Volquez to be a bullpen arm, as they already have 13 pitchers and three experiments in there.

There’s no real risk here, but the problem is that Volquez is basically the worst pitcher in the majors right now, or at least he’s close to it. He has a 6.01 ERA in 142.1 innings and leads the league in earned runs surrendered. Of course, his FIP is 4.20, his xFIP is 4.23, and his SIERA is 4.49, so he figures to regress back to mediocrity, but both Capuano and Fife have better peripherals AND performance than Volquez does.

Chris Withrow was sent to AAA in a corresponding roster move, though the righty will return after Albuquerque ends their season on Monday.

The Dodgers made official the move that was first reported on Wednesday with the signing of Edinson Volquez to a major league contract for the remainder of the season. Volquez was activated before the Dodgers’ game Friday night against the Padres.

To make room for Volquez on the active roster the Dodgers optioned Chris Withrow to Triple-A Albuquerque, though the move is only temporary as the Isotopes’ season concludes on Monday. Withrow can be activated as soon as Tuesday, when the Dodgers are in Colorado to face the Rockies, and because the minor league season is over doesn’t have to wait the normal 10 days when optioned.

Volquez has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball in 2013, so expecting anything of him would be misguided. A shot in the dark.


The Dodgers used September roster expansion to recall Van Slyke, Dee Gordon, Drew Butera, Stephen Fife, and Peter Moylan from Triple-A.

The Dodgers made their first wave of promotions on Sunday, adding five players from Triple-A Albuquerque on the first ay roster limits expand. The team recalled catcher Drew Butera, outfielder / first baseman Scott Van Slyke, infielder Dee Gordon, and pitcher Peter Moylan and Stephen Fife on Sunday.

Van Slyke has the most potential to make an impact in the postseason, and if Fife could get himself right again he could be in contention for a bullpen spot in the playoffs.


Joc Pederson has opted to play winter ball rather than participate in the Arizona Fall League, via Dylan Hernandez.


Julio Urias has been shut down by the Dodgers after he reached his innings limit. The 17-year-old southpaw was fantastic in his debut campaign playing for the Great Lakes Loons in Low-A Ball, and the future is bright as he continues his development.


The club dealt minor-leaguer Rusty Ryal to the Angels for cash considerations.


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