While the Los Angeles Dodges currently hold the largest payroll in all of baseball, general manager Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten have both discussed a desire to maintain a deep farm system. Just two weeks into the regular season, the Dodgers continued to make strides toward doing so.

Four days after claiming Carlos Triunfel off waivers from the Seattle Mariners, the Dodgers announced via their official Twitter account the acquisition of left-handed reliever Colt Hynes:

Hynes spent the 2013 season with the San Diego Padres, appearing in 22 games, striking out 13, and posting a 9.00 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. The Cleveland Indians then acquired Hynes in exchange for cash considerations in late October, and Hynes spent Spring Training with the club. The left-hander came on as a reliever in six spring games for the Indians; going 1-1, allowing seven runs in 5.2 innings pitched. 

In exchange for Hynes, the Dodgers sent Duke von Schamann to the Indians. Von Schamann has been in the Dodgers’ Minor League system since 2012 and last season was with their Double-A affiliate in Chattanooga. The young right-hander has a career-record of 18-11 in 37 starts and won his first and only start to this point in 2014.

Needing to clear a roster spot for Hynes, who was added to the 40-man and optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque,  Mike Baxter was designated for assignment. It’s been a rough weekend for Baxter, who was optioned to Triple-A when the Dodgers activated Matt Kemp from the disabled list on Friday. Baxter played in five games for the Dodgers this season, one of which was as the starting left fielder in the second game of the Opening Series in Australia. Prior to joining the Dodgers, Baxter played three seasons with the New York Mets.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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