The Oakland Athletics have acquired left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations. The Dodgers designed Coulombe for assignment on September 6. To make room on the 40-man roster, the A's transferred Evan Scribner to the 60-day disabled list with a torn right lat muscle.
The Dodgers drafted Coulombe in the 25th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Texas Tech University. This is the 25-year-old's fourth professional season, he made his major league debut September 16, 2014. This year was Coulombe's first season in Triple-A, where he struck out 41 and walked 24 in 41⅓ innings, racking up a 3.27 ERA.
Kiley McDaniel included Coulombe as a player of note in his preseason prospects article on the Dodgers, describing him as a "5'10/185 lefty got a quick big league look last year and fits as a situational lefty; he sits 90-93 and hits 94 mph with a curveball and slider that both flash above average at times."
His very brief stint in the majors has not been super, but it's still early for him. He has made 10 career appearances totaling 12⅔ innings where he struck out 11 but walked eight, and has a 6.39 ERA in that limited span. However, Coulombe will have two option years remaining after this season.
Coulombe's family has an interesting history. His grandfather, Bertrand "Frenchy" Coulombe, was a World War II pilot whose crippled plane was allowed to escape by a German Luftwaffe pilot instead of being shot down according to his orders. Bertrand and the enemy pilot met forty years later, and their story was made into a best-selling book, "A Higher Call," by Adam Makos.
The addition of Coulombe adds a stop to our 40-man roster map: