The Dodgers on Wednesday acquired outfielder Billy McKinney from the New York Mets in exchange for minor league outfielder Carlos Rincon.
This is the third team this season for McKinney, who hit .213/.282/.415, a 88 wRC+ with eight home runs in 79 games for the Brewers and Mets. New York designated him for assignment last Friday.
In his parts of four major league seasons with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Brewers, and Mets, the left-handed McKinney has been nearly league average against right-handed pitching, hitting .235/.301/.448, a 98 wRC+, compared to just .184/.238/.360 (58 wRC+) against southpaws. This year, it’s more of the same with a 95 wRC+ against right-handers and a 64 wRC+ against lefties.
McKinney, 26, has started 21 games in right field, 20 games in left field, and twice at first base this season. He’s out of options, having used option years from 2018-20.
Rincon is a 23-year-old outfielder hitting .263/.343/.470, a 118 wRC+ with 12 home runs for Double-A Tulsa, tied for the team lead in home runs and leading in RBI (48). The Dodgers signed Rincon out of the Dominican Republic in 2015.
To make room on the 40-man roster for McKinney, the Dodgers designated Jake Reed for assignment. The 28-year-old right-hander made his major league debut for the Dodgers on July 6, and posted a 3.38 ERA in six games. Reed was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.