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MLB Trade Deadline: Rays trade LHP Adam Kolarek to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league OF Niko Hulsizer

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded left-handed pitcher Adam Kolarek to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league outfielder Niko Hulsizer.

The move came just minutes after the trade deadline officially passed as part of a slew of moves made by the Rays on Wednesday.

Kolarek has been relied on heavily by the Rays this season, appearing in 54 games. Overall in the 2019 campaign, he has registered a 3.95 ERA / 4.54 FIP over the course of 43 13 innings pitched. The Rays originally picked up Kolarek on a minor league deal during the spring of 2017.

Hulsizer was an 18th round selection by the Dodgers in the 2018 draft. Currently playing in High-A, the 22 year old Hulsizer is hitting .259/.327/.506 with 5 HR over 98 plate appearances this season (125 wRC+). He was promoted from the Class-A level mid season where he’d dominated as well (174 wRC+).

The trade of Kolarek allows the Rays to open up a spot on their 40-man roster to help accommodate the onslaught moves they have made over the past several hours.