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Cubs acquire Casey Sadler from Dodgers

Going to L.A. is a minor-league infielder.

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The Cubs made a minor trade late Friday to give their bullpen more depth, per a press release from the team.

They acquired righthander Casey Sadler from the Dodgers in exchange for minor-league infielder Clayton Daniel. Sadler had been designated for assignment by the Dodgers earlier this week to make room for their signing of Alex Wood.

Sadler, who is 29, was the 25th-round pick of the Pirates in 2010. He pitched briefly for the Bucs in 2013, 2014 and 2018 (missing the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery), then signed with the Rays last winter and appeared in a few games for them. He was eventually acquired by the Dodgers last summer in a minor trade, and pitched in 24 games for them.

Overall in 42 major-league games, Sadler has a 3.55 ERA and 1.333 WHIP. Per Fangraphs, he can hit 95 with his fastball but mostly relies on a cutter and slider.

Clayton Daniel is 24 and was the Cubs’ 31st round pick in 2018. He split the 2019 campaign between Single-A South Bend and Double-A Tennessee. Overall Daniel, who plays both second base and shortstop, hit .305/.397/.402 (73-for-239) with two home runs and 21 RBI in 67 games.

With this acquisition, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 39.


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