Today, Brandon Beachy of the Los Angeles Dodgers cleared waivers. As a subsequent action of that, the team opted to send Beachy down to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
However, that wasn’t all. The team also designated him as a Non-Roster Invitee for spring training. The major reason for sending Beachy down is that this now puts the team’s 40-man roster at 39.
On January 6th, Beachy signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Dodgers for $1.5 million. The right-hander can net $250,000 if he makes the Opening Day roster.
The upside to this move is that the Dodgers now have a 40-man roster spot freed up in case they want to sign a free agent, make a trade, or anything like that.
On top of that, Beachy gives the team added depth even down in the minors since he’ll be able to pitch there while the team goes through their regular season as scheduled. If the team needs help, or a spot starter, he could be called up to do that.
This is the type of thing that happens a lot around this point of the offseason. Guys are sent out on waivers, and if they clear they end up getting sent down to the minors. That’s the case here.
Pitchers and catchers will report to Camelback Ranch on February 19th, with the next day being the start of their workout program. Beachy will be there to join them.
The 29-year old Beachy will attempt to bounce back from a tough go of it. He’s only pitched 38 Major League innings since 2013. Hopefully he finds success this time around.