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Dodgers trade Vidal Nuño to Orioles for RHP Ryan Moseley

Move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster

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PHOENIX — The Dodgers on Sunday traded pitcher Vidal Nuño to the Orioles in exchange for minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley, the team announced. The move clears space on the 40-man roster for outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who was in camp at Camelback Ranch on Sunday but has not yet officially signed.

Nuño was one of several pitchers vying for a spot in the Dodgers bullpen this spring, after he was acquired from the Mariners in November in exchange for catcher Carlos Ruiz.

In 55 games for Seattle in 2016, Nuño posted a 3.53 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 11 walks in 58⅔ innings. He signed a one-year, $1.125 million contract for 2017 on Jan. 10, avoiding salary arbitration.

Moseley, 22, was drafted by Baltimore in the eighth round of the 2016 draft out of Texas Tech. As a junior last year he pitched mostly in relief, posting a 4.98 ERA in 56 innings, and with more walks (37) than strikeouts (32).

Baseball America said Moseley had a sinking fastball, but was inconsistent with both his curve and slider, noting, “He has three pitches to start but unless he shows significant improvement to his control, a power-reliever future seems more likely.”

Mosely had a 3.20 ERA in 12 games in his pro debut with Class-A Aberdeen in the New York-Penn League, with 18 strikeouts and nine walks in 19⅔ innings.