Rays deal reliever Jaime Schultz to Dodgers for minor-league pitcher Caleb Sampen

All but one of Schultz's major league appearances were in relief, but the Rays used him as an opener in his last outing of the season.
Jaime Schultz delivers a pitch during a game against the Yankees last season in St. Petersburg. [Times files]
Jaime Schultz delivers a pitch during a game against the Yankees last season in St. Petersburg. [Times files]
Published January 8
Updated January 9

The Rays made a minor trade Tuesday, dealing right-handed reliever Jaime Schultz to the Dodgers in exchange for minor-league right-hander Caleb Sampen.

Schultz made history in his major-league debut last May, striking out the side in his one inning of relief in Oakland, the second Rays pitcher to strike out every batter he faced in his debut.

After spending parts of six years in the minors, Schultz, 27, had three stints with the big-league club, posting a 5.64 ERA. He allowed lots of baserunners, recording a 1.86 WHIP but striking out 59 batters in 34 innings.

All but one of Schultz's major-league appearances were in relief, but the Rays used him as an opener in his last outing of the season on Sept. 27. He allowed four runs, including a three-run homer, in 2/3 of an inning.

Schultz was designated for assignment last week when the Rays reacquired right-handed reliever Oliver Drake in a trade with the Blue Jays.

Sampen, 22, was drafted last year in the 20th round out of Wright State. He spent his first pro season pitching for short-season Class-A Ogden, where he posted a 5.04 ERA over 30 1/3 innings while recording 43 strikeouts and nine walks.

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