The Los Angeles Dodgers traded pitcher Matt Magill for Cincinnati Reds outfielder Chris Heisey Tuesday, in a move that gives further credence that one of the team’s current five outfielders will be on the move soon.
The Dodgers drafted Magill in the 31st round in 2008 out of Royal High School in Simi Valley. His only big league action came in 2013 when he went 0-2 over 27 ⅔ innings in six starts. He spend the entire 2014 season at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Heisey had largely been a platoon outfielder in his five seasons with the Reds playing all three outfield positions and he figures to fill the same roll with the Dodgers, although with all the off-season wheeling and dealing the Dodgers are doing, we’ll have to see if he’s even on the team come spring training.
Last season the 29-year-old played in 119 games and finished with splits of .222/.265/.278 along with eight home runs and 22 RBIs.
With Heisey in the fold the Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman has a lot of chips to play with when he heads to baseball’s ultimate game of poker, a.k.a. the Winter Meetings, on Sunday. Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Scott Van Slyke are all in play to be dealt. The team has made it clear that Yasiel Puig is off the table.
The latest talk, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, swirled around a possible trade that would send Matt Kemp to the Baltimore Orioles. But, yesterday, Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo Encina said talks on that seem to have stalled.