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2016 Dodgers review: Josh Fields

RHP was acquired from Houston on Aug. 1

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Fields was acquired in August and ended up pitching in October for the Dodgers.

What went right

Fields was acquired from the Astros in one of three trades made by the Dodgers on Aug. 1, the day of the non-waiver trade deadline. LA sent 19-year-old Cuban first baseman Yordan Alvarez to Houston in the deal.

The right-hander was a useful addition to the bullpen in the final two months, posting a 2.79 ERA and 3.61 FIP in 22 games, including 22 strikeouts and eight walks (six unintentional walks) in 19⅓ innings.

Fields posted a 25.3% strikeout rate with the Dodgers.

In his fourth major league season, Fields got his first major league at-bat on Aug. 13 against the Pirates. He struck out against Gerrit Cole.

He pitched his way onto the Dodgers’ postseason roster, and pitched four scoreless appearances in the NLDS and NLCS combined, retiring seven of his nine batters faced, including four strikeouts.

What went wrong

Fields allowed runs in just four of his 22 appearances with the Dodgers, but three of those games happened in a nine-day stretch in August, including four runs allowed while only recording one out on Aug. 14 against the Pirates.

Fields walked a batter in five straight appearances from Sept. 9-20, though none of them scored.

This is small sample size theater, but right-handers hit .294/.345/.490 with two home runs and four doubles in 51 plate appearances against the right-handed Fields.

2016 particulars

Age: 30

Stats: 2.79 ERA, 3.61 FIP in 22 games, 22 K, 8 BB in 19⅓ IP, 0.1 rWAR, 0.3 fWAR

Salary: $900,000, of which the Dodgers were responsible for roughly $305,000.

Game of the year

Fields entered the game on Sept. 16 in Arizona with the tying run on second base but pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts to leave him stranded.

Roster status

Fields has three years, 92 days of service time and is eligible for salary arbitration. Matt Swartz at MLB Trade Rumors projected a 2017 salary of $1.2 million for Fields.

Fields has one option year remaining, having used options in 2014 and 2016.