Neal agreed to a contract Thursday with the Saitama Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Neal has made 31 appearances in the big leagues across the last three seasons but spent the majority of the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level, submitting a 4.63 ERA between stints in the Dodgers and Reds organizations. The 30-year-old likely would have had to settle for a minor-league deal if he wanted to continue his career in North America, so he'll instead head overseas with the promise of a more lucrative payday.
Neal was traded from the Reds to the Dodgers on Wednesday along with reliever Dylan Floro and international signing bonus pool space in exchange for minor-league pitchers James Marinan and Aneurys Zabala.
The Dodgers will get Neal back from the Reds after previously trading him to Cincinnati in April, but he's probably the least desirable of the three commodities Los Angeles received in Wednesday's deal. The 29-year-old owns a 4.94 ERA over 31 career appearances in the big leagues and has been even worse across 49.1 innings at the Triple-A level in 2018, posting a 5.47 ERA and 1.36 WHIP while notching just 29 strikeouts.
The Dodgers traded Neal to the Reds on Tuesday, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Neal cleared waivers after the Dodgers designated him for assignment earlier this month, and now he joins the Reds' organization in a trade for Ariel Hernandez. The 29-year-old is likely headed to Triple-A Louisville but could see the majors at some point with Cincinnati currently featuring the worst team ERA (5.78) in Major League Baseball.
Neal cleared waivers Sunday and was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
The 29-year-old made just one appearance with the Dodgers before being designated for assignment, tossing one inning and allowing a solo home run. Now that he's off the 40-man roster, he's unlikely to be at the top of the queue to return to the big leagues, and even if he does return, his career 4.94 ERA in 85.2 big-league innings doesn't make him much of a fantasy asset.
Neal was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
Neal was with the big club for all of two days, as his contract was purchased ahead of Tuesday's contest after Monday's game went 15 innings. The 29-year-old made one appearance for Los Angeles, allowing a solo home run in one inning pitched. He'll return to the minors to make room for the recently-acquired Alec Asher on the 40-man roster.
Neal had his contract purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Neal will provide a fresh arm out of the Dodgers' bullpen after the team used all eight of their relievers during Monday's 15-inning affair. The 29-year-old is being stretched out as a starter in the minors, so he should be able to go multiple innings if needed. In order to clear room on the 40-man roster, Jesus Liranzo was designated for assignment.
Neal will start the Dodgers' Cactus League game Saturday against Kansas City, Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com reports.
Neal will be stretched out as a starter after appearing exclusively out of the bullpen in six games for Oakland last year. The 29-year-old righty owns a career 4.89 ERA and a 10.7 percent strikeout rate in 84.2 major-league innings, so he's unlikely to be more than organizational depth for the Dodgers this season.
Neal signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Neal split time between Triple-A Nashville and the Athletics each of the previous two seasons. While he posted a respectable 4.24 ERA across 70 major-league innings in 2016, he struggled to a 7.98 ERA across 14.2 innings with the big club in 2017 before being designated for assignment in August. The sinkerballer also owns a brutal 3.9 K/9 across 84.2 frames at the highest level. Look for Neal to serve as organizational pitching depth next year.
Neal has decided to part ways from the Athletics and head to free agency, Brandon Warne of The Athletic reports.
Neal made his way to the majors for the second time in his career in 2017, but struggled at the highest level to the tune of a 7.98 ERA and 6.43 FIP over 14.2 frames. The 28-year-old will now attempt to latch on elsewhere and seems a likely candidate to open spring training with a big-league club.
Neal cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Friday, Christian Boutwell of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment Wednesday to make room for southpaw Sam Moll, who'd been acquired from the Rockies on that same day. Neal has endured a rocky 2017 in stints with both the Sounds and the big-league club, and he appears destined to finish out the balance of the campaign in Nashville.
The Athletics designated Neal for assignment Wednesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Neal will be dropped from the 40-man roster to make room for lefty reliever Sam Moll, who was acquired from the Rockies earlier in the day. The 28-year-old turned in a 4.99 ERA and 4.3 K/9 rate over 17 appearances (12 starts) at Triple-A Nashville this season. Neal's lack of strikeout stuff and middling numbers in both the upper minors and big leagues the past three years will likely result in him passing through waivers unclaimed.
Neal was sent down to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday.
Neal's 7.98 ERA comes largely from a pair of terrible long relief outings in late June when the Nationals and Rays combined to score 12 runs off him in just 7.2 innings. Neal had been sharp in three relief outings since (four innings, one earned run), but opportunities had been few and far between, so he'll return to Nashville for more consistent work.
Neal fired a scoreless eighth inning in a 7-2 loss to the Mariners on Friday.
Recalled from Triple-A Nashville on July 2, Neal saw action for the first time at the big-league level since June 14. The 28-year-old right-hander was roughed up by the Nationals and Rays for 12 earned runs over 7.2 innings in two appearances during his previous stint, but he'd closed out that tenure with a pair of strong outings against the Marlins. Friday's effort represented his third scoreless appearance with the Athletics this season, and he's now lowered his ERA from 10.13 to a still-bloated but improving 7.98 over his last three trips to the mound.
Neal was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
Neal will assume the 25-man spot of starter Jesse Hahn, who was optioned back to Nashville to open up a rotation spot for Paul Blackburn. It's expected that Neal, who was touched up for 13 runs in 13.2 innings in five appearances with the Athletics earlier this season, will have to settle for low-leverage, long-relief work during his time with the big club.
Neal was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday.
Michael Brady was brought up by the A's in a corresponding move. Neal had allowed a whopping 13 earned runs and five home runs in 10.2 innings over his last four outings.
Neal gave up five earned runs on six hits over 4.1 innings in Friday's 13-4 loss to the Rays. He struck out four.
The 28-year-old was brought in after starter Andrew Triggs was blasted for eight earned runs in less than four frames, but he wasn't much better. It was a second consecutive poor long-relief effort for Neal after he gave up seven earned runs over 3.1 frames against the Nationals on June 2. Following Friday's outing, he sports an unsightly 10.13 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.
Neal struck out one and surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits over 3.1 innings in Friday's 13-3 loss to the Nationals.
The right-hander threw a whopping 69 pitches during his brief time on the mound, surrendering home runs to Jayson Werth, Brian Goodwin and Anthony Rendon that netted a total of six runs. It was only Neal's second appearance since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on May 24, with the 28-year-old having fired three scoreless frames against the Indians last Monday in his other outing.
Neal had his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday.
Neal has produced well in a swingman role for the Sounds, posting a 3.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP, so he'll head up to the big leagues to replace recently injured Bobby Wahl (undisclosed). Neal could be an option for a spot start if Jesse Hahn (triceps) is unable to make his next start, otherwise he'll likely fill a long-relief role out of Oakland's bullpen.
Neal was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday.
Neal got into 24 games with the big club last season, posting a 4.24 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 70 innings. He fared better at Triple-A Nashville with a 3.21 ERA in just over 61 innings, so clearly the organization feels -- at least at this point in his career -- that the 28-year-old is best suited to further seasoning in the minors before he's ready for full-time duty with the A's.
Neal was sent outright to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday.
Neal appeared in 24 games for Oakland last season, including six starts. He finished the season with a 4.24 major league ERA over 70 innings. While he only struck out 3.5 batters per nine innings, he posted a very strong 0.8 BB/9 walk rate.
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