On Wednesday the Dodgers designated right-handed reliever Casey Sadler for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for free agent signing Alex Wood. At the same time the club officially announced the Wood signing.
#Dodgers make signing of LHP Alex Wood official. Delay involved clearing a spot on 40-man roster. RHP Casey Sadler is the odd man out. DFAed.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) January 16, 2020
Sadler appeared in 24 games with the Dodgers in 2019, recording a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings. The right-hander came to LA via trade the Tampa Bay Rays on July 3. While there is a chance he remains with the club, he still took the opportunity to thank Dodger fans for his time in Los Angeles.
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LA! You were everything we didn’t know we needed during a very vulnerable point in our lives. It was an honor, and an experience my family and I will cherish forever. I couldn’t have asked for better fans, teammates and staff, each of you helped renew that childlike love of baseball in me, and I’ll carry that to wherever the Lord wants us to go next.
Wood is making a return engagement to LA after a one-year absence. The 2017 all-star made on 7 starts for the Cincinnati Reds in 2019 while dealing with back issues.
Jon Heyman broke down Wood’s incentive-laden contract in a convoluted way on Twitter.
Alex Wood: 6M 2020. Plus: 250K each for 10pts; 12pts; 14pts; 16pts; 18pts; 20pts
500K each for 22pts; 24pts; 26pts; 28pts
(1pt=gs or for rel app when entering game in 3rd inning or earlier and
pitching 3 or more IP)
Plus: 500K each for 110ip; 120ip; 130ip; 140ip; 150Ip. #dodgers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2020
Official Press Release
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Alex Wood on a one-year contract for the 2020 season. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers have designated right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler for assignment.
Wood, 29, rejoins the Dodgers after spending last season with the Cincinnati Reds. The southpaw was sidelined most of the campaign with back issues, making seven starts and going 1-3 with a 5.80 ERA (23 ER/35.2 IP) and 30 strikeouts against nine walks for the Reds. Prior to getting traded to the Reds on December 21, 2018 along with Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Kyle Farmer in exchange for Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray, he went 31-20 with a 3.46 ERA (167 ER/434.2 IP) and 401 strikeouts against 121 walks in four seasons with the Dodgers. He posted the best season of his career in 2017 with the Dodgers, recording a career-high 16-3 mark with a 2.72 ERA (46 ER/152.1 IP) and earning his first career All-Star Game selection.
The North Carolina native was originally acquired by the Dodgers in 2015 in a three-way trade with Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. In seven Major League seasons, he is a combined 53-43 with a 3.40 ERA (317 ER/839.0 IP) and 768 strikeouts in 179 games (136 starts). He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia.
Sadler, 29, joined the Dodgers on July 3 from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-hander Nathan Witt. The Oklahoma native made 24 appearances (one start) with the Dodgers, posting a 4-0 record with a 2.33 ERA (7 ER/27.0 IP) and 20 strikeouts. In four Major League seasons, he is combined 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA (26 ER/66.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts in 42 games (two starts).