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Dodgers acquire RHP Casey Sadler from Tampa Bay

The front office is beginning to make moves

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles
Tampa Bay traded RHP Casey Sadler to the Dodgers on Wednesday.
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It’s Trade Deadline month and the Dodgers aren’t wasting any time. What a nice change from the past few years.

The Dodgers made a deal with the Rays, trading minor-league right-handed pitcher Nathan Witt for another right hander in Casey Sadler.

Sadler, 28, joins the Dodgers 40-man roster and will be pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for Sadler on the 40-man, Rich Hill was transferred to the 60-day injured list. Hill, who was placed on the IL with a left forearm strain, is available to return on August 19.

This season, Sadler had a 1.86 ERA in 19 13 innings pitched in the majors and a 2.76 ERA in 32 23 innings in the minors. Despite boasting these numbers, the Rays designated him for assignment on Saturday. Like many relief pitchers on the Dodgers 40-man roster, Sadler is accustomed to the trips from the minors and back.

The Dodgers say goodbye to relief pitcher Nathan Witt, who spent his season with the Class-A Great Lakes Loons. The 23-year-old was placed on the temporary inactive list on Sunday before being traded to the Rays on Wednesday. Witt appeared in 22 games with the Loons this season, posting a 5.32 ERA with 31 strikeouts and seven walks. He was drafted by the Dodgers in 17th round of the 2017 draft from Michigan State University.

Sadler may very well see time in the majors this season, with potential to help the Dodgers improve their bullpen.

Cheers to more trades this month!