It seems as if the Los Angeles Dodgers and their new front office will be quite busy throughout the season.
In the first month of the season, the Dodgers completed three trades, claimed three players and signed a few more to minor-league deals. Not only did the front office make moves to acquire players, but they also were busy mixing and matching the 25-man roster to give manager Don Mattingly options to work with. On Monday, the Dodgers made another deal, acquiring first baseman Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.
A day later and the Dodgers have made another deal with the Blue Jays, acquiring right-hander Matt West for cash considerations.
West is a former third baseman, who was converted to a pitcher in 2011. The 26-year-old made his Major League debut for the Texas Rangers in 2014, and appeared in three games overall. He pitched a total of four innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs while striking out three. The right-hander was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in January and was recently designated for assignment by Toronto. He began the year in Double-A and has allowed one unearned run in 12.1 innings while striking out 17 hitters in seven appearances.
In order to make room for West on the 40-man roster, Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Ryu is expected to return as early as June so the Dodgers were able to gain a roster spot until he is ready.
With no off day until May 18, the Dodgers will need arms to keep the bullpen fresh and a full 40-man roster will help that.
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