Los Angeles acquired right-handed pitcher Josh Fields from the Astros in exchange for first baseman Yordan Alvarez, the club announced in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline.
Fields, 30, had a solid 2015 campaign with the Astros, pitching to a 3.55 ERA and 2.19 FIP over 50.2 innings. However, he’s struggled over 15.2 innings with Houston this season, pitching to a 6.89 ERA and 2.81 FIP.
Although he’s only had one dominant year over four major league seasons, Fields, who has spent most of this season in Triple-A, gives the Dodgers bullpen depth. He isn’t arbitration eligible until 2017 and won’t be eligible for free agency until 2019.
Alvarez, 19, signed with the Dodgers for $2 million as an international free agent out of Cuba. He’s yet to appear in a minor league game but is known for his power and bat control at the plate, according to Baseball America’s Ben Badler.