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Dodgers reportedly acquire LHP Rudy Owens from Athletics

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Saturday made a minor trade, acquiring left-handed pitcher Rudy Owens from the Athletics, per reports from Nashville Sounds broadcaster Jeff Hem and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

It is unknown what the Dodgers are sending back, though cash considerations seem the likeliest culprit.

Owens, 27, is familiar with Triple-A Oklahoma City, having pitched there as an Astros farmhand in parts of each of the last three seasons. He was 8-5 with a 4.33 ERA and 4.03 FIP in 25 games for Oklahoma City last year, including 21 starts, with 104 strikeouts and 33 walks in 135 innings.

The left-hander made his major league debut with the Astros with a spot start on May 23. He allowed five runs on nine hits in 5⅔ innings, but also made history.

Owens signed as a minor league free agent with the A's in November, but he didn't cross paths with new Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi, who was already on his way to Los Angeles.

Owens this spring appeared in three games for Oakland, allowing five runs on six hits in five innings, with a strikeout. He tweeted about the trade on Saturday afternoon.

Minor league seasons begin on Thursday, with rosters likely announced in the next few days.