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Dodgers trade Joe Wieland to Mariners for infielder Erick Mejia

Dodgers trade Joe Wieland to Mariners for infielder Erick Mejia
Joe Wieland started two games for the Dodgers this year and was 0-1 with an 8.31 earned-run average. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Yesterday's depth, today's crowded piece.

The Dodgers suddenly found themselves with a full 40-man roster and work still to do, so Tuesday they traded right-hander Joe Wieland to the Mariners for infielder Erick Mejia.

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Wieland was acquired last off-season in the five-player trade that sent Matt Kemp to the Padres and spent most of the year at triple-A Oklahoma City (10-5 4.59 ERA). He did make two starts for the Dodgers, though they did not go so well (0-1, 8.31).

Wieland will be 26 this month and had already avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $590,000 salary for the coming season. He also found himself in a crowded triple-A rotation situation with Julio Urias, Jose De Leon, Jharel Cotton, Frankie Montas, Zach Lee, Carlos Frias, Brandon Beachy, Mike Bolsinger and now Cuban Yaisel Sierra.

Mejia, 21, is a switch-hitter with no power, but who has shown some speed on the bases. In five seasons in the minors -- mostly spent at the rookie and Class-A levels, he has stolen 49 bases. Last year he was successful on 20 of 21 attempts and hit a combined .282.

He can play second and shortstop, giving the Dodgers some infield depth. He does not require a spot on the 40-man roster, a spot the team will probably need with the completion of Sierra's signing.

Wieland is not expected to make the Mariners' rotation, in what was largely a swap of depth for depth.

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