The Dodgers added a left handed reliever this afternoon via a trade with the Washington Nationals for cash money. They received 28-year old Xavier Cedeno. He is not currently with the club, but is expected to join the Dodgers in San Diego on Friday, via a tweet from JP Hoornstra:
Xavier Cedeno will join the #Dodgers in San Diego, per Don Mattingly.I had initially figured he would be heading to the minor leagues to provide more bullpen depth, but then I discovered that Cedeno is without options. So, he can't be sent down unless he clears waivers. That means keeping him with the big club or testing the waiver waters. Since JP Hoornstra mentions that he'll be coming to San Diego then it's only logical to assume that he will replace someone on the 25-man roster at that time. Based on the game of musical chairs the club is playing, I suspect Mike Bolsinger will be optioned back to the Minors. Mike is expected to replace Chris Heisey for a spot start on Thursday.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 23, 2015
So, overall it looks like we will have:
- Chris Heisey recalled; and Adam Liberatore optioned to Minors today
- Mike Bolsinger recalled; Chris Heisey optioned to Minors tomorrow
- Xavier Cedeno addded to 25-man roster; Mike Bolsinger options to Minors on Friday
Via a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today acquired left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeno from Washington in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, Los Angeles designated right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino for assignment.I don't know too much about Cedeno, but Eric Stephen at True Blue LA does provide a little glimpse:
Cedeno, 28, has made two relief appearances for Washington this year, allowing two runs in 3.0 innings, and has gone 0-1 with one save and a 5.24 ERA in 77 career big league appearances for the Astros (2011-13) and Nationals (2013-15). The native of Puerto Rico was originally selected by the Rockies in the 31st round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and has a 42-41 record with nine saves and a 4.15 ERA in 256 games (103 starts) in nine minor league seasons.
Left-handed batters have hit .252/.331/.351 against Cedeno in his career, with 39 strikeouts and nine walks in 126 plate appearances. Right-handers, by comparison, have hit .339/.409/.532 with 15 walks and 15 strikeouts.In celebration of Cedeno's arrival to the club I made the above fantasy card for him. I grabbed a photo by Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Image sand the 1968 Topps Baseball card design.
Below are the career stats for Xavier Cedeno, via Baseball-Reference:
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