LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made a minor league trade on Friday, acquiring left-handed pitcher Eric Surkamp from the White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Blake Smith. Neither player is on a 40-man roster.
Surkamp, who turns 28 on July 16, was 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 11 games for Triple-A Charlotte this season, with 30 strikeouts (a 29.4-percent strikeout rate) and nine walks in 25⅔ innings. He pitched in parts of three seasons in the majors with the Giants and White Sox, most recently appearing in 35 games for Chicago in 2014, going 2-0 with a 4.81 ERA, with 20 strikeouts and 13 walks in 24⅓ innings.
Surkamp will report to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He last pitched for Charlotte on Wednesday, throwing 38 pitches in two innings.
The left-hander has two years, 32 days of major league service time. If he does happen to get added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster, Surkamp has one option year remaining, having used options in 2013 and 2014. He was optioned in 2011 but for shorter than 20 days so it didn't count.
Surkamp missed all of 2012 and the first two months of 2013 after Tommy John surgery.
Smith was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round in 2009 out of Cal, as an outfielder. The right-hander converted to pitching in 2013, and had a 1.62 ERA in 16 games this season for Double-A Tulsa, with 16 strikeouts and nine walks in 16⅔ innings.
Exciting time in my career ! Thanks @Dodgers for being a great organization. I'm Looking forward to becoming a part of the @whitesox family!— Blake Smith (@B_Smith19) May 23, 2015