The Oakland Athletics have acquired RHP Chris Hatcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for international amateur signing bonus pool space.
For the A\’s, they get a reliever who still has some more arbitration years. He\’s also a vet with major league experience. Though he\’s had a terrible 2017, and was not liked by Dodger fans, Hatcher has some positive history. He can eat up innings for Oakland for the rest of 2017. Also, he\’s not a bad strikeout pitcher, with a K/9 of 10.6 this year and 9.4 in his career.
Hatcher, 32, has a 4.66 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 36.2 innings for the Dodgers this year. In his seven year MLB career for the Dodgers and Florida/Miami Marlins, Hatcher has a 4.72, 1.37 WHIP and 216 strikeouts in 206 innings.
For the Dodgers, Hatcher is having a horrible year, and isn\’t really helping the team. This move clears up a 40 man roster spot. It\’s also gets them extra international amateur signing bonus pool space, so the Dodgers can have more money to spend on 16 year olds and up.