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Tampa Bay Rays trade Casey Sadler to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Andrew Velazquez to the Cleveland Indians

A couple of trades this morning for the Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays have made a couple of separate trades this morning as they have dealt right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league right-handed pitcher Nathan Witt; the Rays also traded infielder Andrew Velazquez to the Cleveland Indians for international signing money.

The trade of Velazquez opens up a spot on the Rays 40-man roster, while Sadler had already been removed for the 40-man after being designated for assignment last week. The Rays have several players on the 60-day Injured List getting set to return, so some roster finagling was required.

Velazquez made his MLB debut with the Rays last September and has played in a total of 23 games with Tampa Bay since then. Sadler meanwhile has been up and down with the big league squad a couple of times in 2019, after the Rays signed him to a minor league deal in the offseason.

Sadler pitched well during his 9 appearances, yielding just 5 runs on 16 hits over 19 innings pitched.

Witt is a relief pitcher and was a 17th round draft pick by the Dodgers in the 2017 draft. He was with the Single-A Great Lakes Loons at the the time of the trade.