Dodgers acquire Scott Alexander in 3-team trade

Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander

The Dodgers have acquired groundball specialist Scott Alexander in a three-team trade with the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals are exchanging pitchers, the three teams announced Thursday. Alexander is a ground ball pitcher, having recorded a 73.8 ground ball percentage in 2017 per Fangraphs.

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Soria was 4-3 with one save and a 3.70 ERA in 59 games for the Royals last season. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Royals will receive $2 million from the Dodgers and $1 million from the Royals in the deal. To help offset the cost of Soria's $9 million salary, the Sox reportedly received a combined $3 million from the Dodgers and Royals. In addition, they sent pitching prospect Trevor Oaks and minor-league infielder Erick Mejia to the Royals. The right-hander pitched at Oklahoma City (AAA) for most of 2017, going 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA (34 ER in 84.0 IP) over 15 starts (16 appearances).

Alexander, 28, joins the Dodgers after a career season in his third year in Major League Baseball, allowing 19 earned runs in 69 innings (2.48 ERA) for the Royals with 59 strikeouts.

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Peter, 24, was a seventh-round pick out of Creighton in 2014 and batted.279 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs in 120 games last season for Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Alexander is not a free agent until after the 2022 season so he will not only be much cheaper than re-signing Watson would have been for this coming season, but for many seasons to come.

Avilan, 28, is eligible for arbitration in his third of four years. The 33-year-old righty has 204 career saves. The White Sox got a pair of solid relievers without breaking the bank. He had an impressive 2.23 FIP to go along with a 1.232 WHIP. Peter provides the Dodgers with more depth and can play in the infield and outfield. That continues a trend we have tried to put in place during the last two years. This past season, the lefty posted a 2.93 ERA with a 52/22 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.

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