The National League West-leading Dodgers added to their bench just before Thursday’s deadline for acquiring players who will be eligible for postseason play. Los Angeles picked up Marlon Anderson from the Nationals in exchange for Rookie-ball righthander Jhonny Nunez. Washington also kicked in some cash to cover part of Anderson’s remaining contract.
Anderson, 32, gives the Dodgers a lefthanded pinch-hitter capable of filling in at second base and in the outfield. He’s nothing special at the plate but he’s serviceable. He hit .274/.331/.423 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 215 at-bats over 109 games for Washington this year. He lacks soft hands and arm strength, limiting him defensively, but he’s a good baserunner. Anderson makes $925,000 this season and next as part of a two-year contract he signed in the offseason. He’s a career .265/.313/.385 hitter with 52 homers, 319 RBIs and 63 steals in 969 games.
Nunez, 20, signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2003. Making his U.S. debut this season, he led the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in wins (six) and innings (57). Nunez went 6-0, 1.58 in 10 games (seven starts), with a 56-19 K-BB ratio, .177 average and no homers allowed. He’s years removed from the majors, but he has a live arm, 89-92 mph fastball and projectable body (6-foot-3, 185 pounds), making the trade a no-brainer for the Nationals.