The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Chris Heisey from the Cincinnati Reds, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The return for Heisey from the Dodgers is pitcher Matt Magill, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
#Dodgers have traded for Chris Heisey, according to a baseball source.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 3, 2014
dodgers trade matt magill for OF chris heisey. @jcrasnick 1st w/ heisey
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 3, 2014
Chris Heisey, 29, was drafted in the 17th round of the 2006 First-Year Player’s draft by the Reds. After spending 2006-2009 in the minor leagues, Heisey finally made his debut for the Reds in 2010, slashing .254/.324/.433 with eight home runs and 21 runs batted in. From 2011-2013, Heisey managed to hit 34 home runs and drive in 104 runs, while hitting .254/.304/.433 over 927 plate appearances.
During the 2014 campaign, Heisey’s numbers dropped dramatically. He had a slash line of .222/.265/.378 with eight home runs and 22 runs batted in. His 80 OPS+, .259 BABIP and .643 OPS were the worst totals of his five-year major-league career. Heisey is arbitration eligible, being projected to make about $2.2 million for the 2015 season. Heisey’s outfield capability could earn him a fourth or fifth outfield spot with the Dodgers, as he is well known for his defensive ability, maybe even possibly manning center next season.
This move could lead to even more moves for the Dodgers, as it looks like they may be trying to move one of their prized outfielders. With the surplus of outfielders, it seems like it is a must for baseball operations president Andrew Freidman and general manager Farhan Zaidi to load up on quality, productive bench players and trade away a pricy outfielder.
Matt Magill, a 25-year-old right-handed pitcher from Simi Valley, California, experienced a brief stint with the Dodgers back during the 2013 campaign, Magill went 0-2 with a 6.51 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched over six starts. Last season, for Triple-A Albuquerque, he went 7-6 with a 5.21 ERA in 84.2 innings pitched over 36 games (12 starts).
Magill relies on his fastball that ranges from 92 MPH to 94 MPH and is at least average; however, his undoubted best pitch is the pitch he gets most strikeouts on: his slider. His K/9 did drop from 10.6 to 7.6 last season, going from striking out 101 batters in 85.2 innings pitched to striking out 58 batters in 68.2 innings pitched.