Reds send OF Heisey to Dodgers for RHP Magill

The Dodgers landed outfielder Chris Heisey in a trade with the Reds Tuesday night, sending right-handed pitcher Matt Magill to Cincinnati in return.

Heisey, a right-handed hitter who will turn 30 later this month, hit .222 with eight homers in 119 games for the Reds this past season. He has spent his entire Major League career (five seasons) with Cincinnati.

Magill, who turned 25 in November, struggled in 2014, posting a 5.21 ERA in 36 appearances (12 starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque. He was much better in ’13, going 6-2 with a 3.47 ERA in 18 outings for the Isotopes.

During that 2013 season, Magill earned a callup to the Dodgers, where he made six appearances, allowing 20 earned runs in 27 2/3 innings.

“We are excited to be adding a player with a power arm who has a chance to help our club next season,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said in a press release issued by the club.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, netted a significantly more proven piece in exchange for the young Magill. Heisey has recorded at least 200 at-bats in each of his first five Major League seasons for a career slash line of .247/.299/.422.

Heisey was a part of three Reds playoff teams, although he never saw much action in October, going hitless in six career postseason at-bats. Where he fits in a crowded Dodgers outfield is still to be determined.

Along with trading Heisey, the Reds made another pair of transactions Tuesday, not offering contracts to righties Logan Ondrusek and Curtis Partch for 2015.

-AJ Cassavell

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