The Marlins on Wednesday swapped minor-league left-handed relief pitchers with the Los Angeles Dodgers, acquiring 2011 first-round pick Chris Reed for veteran minor-leaguer Grant Dayton.
Reed, 25, began the season as the Dodgers’ ninth-ranked prospect, according to Baseball America, but has had a disappointing career, going 11-33 with a 4.28 ERA in 103 appearances.
The Dodgers moved Reed from a starting role into the bullpen this season, but he hasn’t been any better, going 2-2 with a 5.97 ERA, 22 walks and 21 strikeouts in 24 relief appearances between Double A and Triple A.
The Marlins are hoping a change of scenery will be good for the former Stanford University pitcher who is from London.
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Dayton, 27, was 2-1 with a 2.83 ERA in 25 games at Triple A New Orleans this season and 20-16 with a 2.62 ERA in his career. He was an 11th-round pick out of Auburn in 2010.
▪ With veteran infielder Martin Prado expected back from the disabled list soon, the Marlins outrighted outfielder Jordany Valdespin to Triple A on Wednesday. Valdespin could opt to decline the assignment and become a free agent.
▪ Opening Day starter Henderson Alvarez made his first rehab start Wednesday night for Single A Jupiter after being put on the disabled list May 22 with shoulder inflammation. The 2014 All-Star likely won’t be an option for the Marlins’ rotation until the end of July.