The Dallas Deputies are not done with their off-season re-tooling, as was made clear earlier today when they announced a deal to acquire 28-year-old LHP Bob Oliver from the rebuilding California Tidals, in exchange for a pair of minor league prospects.
Oliver was decidedly uninspiring last season with the Tidals, going 6-11, and ballooning a 5.43 ERA. Over 127.2 innings, he allowed 77 earned runs and 43 walks, giving him a 1.53 WHIP for the season.
But Dallas likely is focusing on his bigger picture fundamentals, as a reliable groundballer who only allowed 12 home runs all year. He struck out a respectable 92 batters along the way.
The Deputies are also in the midst of blowing up their team and rebuilding, though perhaps not as desperately as California – a former championship team that has fallen off a cliff since winning back-to-back Bull Cups in 2012 and 2013.
Oliver fills a back of the rotation need as the Deps work out what to do with a decent top-3 of Cahill-Latorre-Rosario, who are expected to have little to no run support this year with a barren batting order.
California received two minor leaguers in the deal, speedy RF Ray MacQueen and CF John Frazier, both of whom are still years away from helping the at the top level.