Jun 30, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Adam Kolarek (56) throws a pitch at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers Acquire Adam Kolarek from Tampa Bay Rays

The Dodgers have acquired left-handed reliever Adam Kolarek from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for OF Niko Hulsizer.

Kolarek, 30, holds a 3.95 ERA on the season. He adds a much-needed lefty to the Dodgers’ bullpen. Kolarek is fantastic against left-handed batters and should step into some type of LOOGY role with the Dodgers, only allowing a .232 wOBA to southpaw hitters. Kolarek posted a 2.58 FIP in 34 1/3 innings in 2018.

Hulsizer, 22, is an outfielder who was playing at High-A Rancho Cucamonga with immense raw power. He has hit 20 home runs in 83 games across two levels this season. He was selected by the Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. He was climbing up Dodgers’ prospect boards and the Dodgers sold high.

This might not be the deal you were looking for, but Kolarek is an obvious upgrade over the current lefty situation. He is most likely better than Caleb Ferguson and Scott Alexander.

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Written by Daniel Preciado


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