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Dodgers trade Matt Beaty to Padres for two-way prospect

Mar 15, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Matt Beaty (45) gets ready for batting practice during spring training camp at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres acquired role player Matt Beaty from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in exchange for two-way prospect River Ryan.

Beaty was designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for Hanser Alberto.

Beaty, 28, hit .270 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 120 games last season for the Dodgers. He led the team with 62 pinch-hit appearances. He played in 21 games at first base, 28 in left field and 20 in right field.

In a corresponding move, the Padres placed left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz on the 60-day injured list to make room for Beaty.

Ryan was drafted by the Padres in the 11th round of the 2021 draft. He was a two-way player at UNC Pembroke and the Dodgers reportedly plan to use him as a pitcher. Ryan hit .308 in 12 games for the Arizona Complex League Padres last season.

As a pitcher at UNC Pembroke, Ryan had a 7-1 record and 2.32 ERA in 35 games (seven starts).

–Field Level Media