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.
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.