Dodgers News: Brett Eibner Reportedly Acquired from A's
The Los Angeles Dodgers have made their second trade this week, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
The news comes on the heels of a trade that sent blue-chip prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay in exchange for Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe on Monday. Eibner was recently designated for assignment by Oakland, so the minor leaguer heading the other way in the deal won't be anyone near the upper tiers of the Dodgers' talented farm system.
Eibner made his major league debut with the Kansas City Royals in 2016 and was dealt to the A's in July of that year for Billy Burns. He's only slashed .193/.266/.353 in 208 big league plate appearances, but is athletic enough to provide above-average defense in all three outfield positions. That was one of the things that the Dodgers liked about him, per Rosenthal:
#Dodgers were seeking another outfield bat. Surveyed free-agent and trade markets. Liked Eibner’s athleticism and fact he can be optioned.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 25, 2017
Ultimately, Eibner is just another depth option in an already-crowded Dodgers outfield. He'll compete with fellow newcomer Darin Ruf as well as incumbents Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, Andrew Toles, Trayce Thompson, Scott Van Slyke, and Enrique Hernandez for the chance to earn playing time as a corner outfielder in 2017.
UPDATE: The trade is now official, with Double-A second baseman Jordan Tarsovich going back to Oakland. As expected, Tarsovich isn't listed among the Dodgers' top 30 prospects. To make room for Eibner on the 40-man roster, right-handed swingman Carlos Frias has been designated for assignment. In 114 innings over parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, Frias has recorded a 4.50 ERA and 4.03 FIP.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Carlos Frias has been designated for assignment.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 25, 2017