Dodgers pick up Blake from Indians for two prospects
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers added a bat to their lineup on Saturday in the form of infielder Casey Blake, whom they picked up from the Indians in exchange for a Triple-A pitcher and a Single-A catcher.
The deal may be just a rental for the Dodgers, as Blake is set to become a free agent after the season. The Indians will pick up all that remains of his $6.1 million salary for this season.
The 35-year-old Blake is hitting .289 with 11 homers and 58 runs batted in for the Indians this season. Blake is a career .265 hitter in parts of 10 seasons with the Blue Jays, Twins, Orioles, and Indians. He has played in Cleveland since 2003.
"Casey Blake is a gamer," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. "His experience and character will be a plus as we head down the stretch in the final two months of the regular season."
The players on the other end of the deal are Triple-A pitcher Jon Meloan and Single-A catcher Carlos Santana. Santana is the better prospect of the two, as the 22-year-old switch-hitter is batting .323 with 14 homers and 96 RBI at Inland Empire. Meloan, 24, is 5-10 with a 4.97 earned run average with Las Vegas.
This is the second big deal by the Indians in a month, including the trade that sent CC Sabathia to Milwaukee for four minor-leaguers, highlighted by top prospect outfielder Matt LaPorta.
To make room for Blake on the roster, the Dodgers optioned third baseman Blake DeWitt to Triple-A Las Vegas. DeWitt was demoted despite hitting .257 with five homers and 35 RBI in 88 games, winning NL rookie honors for the month of May.
07/26 21:39:52 ET