OOTP 21: Dodgers, Pirates hook up on minor 3-player trade

Cole Tucker

The Dodgers and Pirates consummated a minor trade on Tuesday. LA sent 25-year-old utility player Zach McKinstry to Pittsburgh for right-handed reliever Rich Rodriguez and minor-league shortstop Cole Tucker.

McKinstry has spent all season with the OKC Dodgers and, despite being added to the 40-man roster IRL, he was not in OOTP. He hit .233/.327/.324 in the Pacific Coast League after a breakout 2019 season.

Rodriguez, 30, logged 21 1/3 innings in Pittsburgh this season. He pitched to an ugly 6.33 ERA and just-as-ugly 2.1 HR/9. He’ll be added to the 40-man roster and report immediately to the Dodgers.

Tucker, 23, was Pittsburgh’s 1st-round pick in 2014 out of Mount Pointe High School (Cody’s Note: It’s ‘Mountain Pointe,’ typical Californians knowing nothing about Arizona) in Arizona. He’s also apparently good friends with Cody Bellinger, so I’m sure he approves of the deal. Tucker was hitting .215/.271/.319 for Triple-A Indianapolis of the International League before the deal. He made his MLB debut in 2019 and hit .211/.266/.361 for the Pirates. He has 1st-round pedigree, so there’s hope the Dodgers developmental staff can figure something out, but all in all, this is the most minor of deals.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.