The Dodgers have added another reliever to their stable, and barring any injuries is likely to be sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City. In other words, this recent trade is all about depth. The Dodgers have traded 18-year old Cuban first baseman Yordan Alvarez (just signed out of Las Tunas, Cuba in June) to the Astros for right-handed reliever Josh Fields. Per Dodgers press release:
Fields, 30, went 1-0 with one save and a 1.65 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Astros’ Triple-A Fresno this season, limiting opponents to a .192 batting average with a 0.65 WHIP. He also made 15 appearances for the Astros this year, posting a 6.89 ERA (12 ER/15.2 IP), and went 9-10 with nine saves and a 4.53 ERA in 164 big-league games with Houston in four seasons from 2013-16, averaging better than a strikeout per inning in the Majors with 197 Ks in 159.0 innings. He was originally selected by the Mariners in the first round (20th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia.