The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for $500,000 in international spending money.
Hatcher, 32, has struggled with the Dodgers this season. Once a catcher, Hatcher converted to a pitcher nearly nine seasons ago in the Miami Marlins organization. This season, Hatcher is 0-1, with an unpleasant 4.66 ERA in 26 relief appearances. Even though his numbers are not pretty, it is impressive how he has put together a 10.5 K/9 ratio this season, which is a career high. Also, his walks numbers are down to a stunning 2.9 BB/9 ratio, which is his lowest since he put together a career low 1.9 BB/9 in 2014. Hatcher has a high-end fastball that can reach the upper 90's. He tends to be a ground ball pitcher.
Hatcher will add veteran experience to Oakland's bullpen. He is eligible for arbitration after the season, and he is set to hit free agency after the 2019 season.