At this point it’s more uncommon when a day passes without the Los Angeles Dodgers making any sort of roster move. Over the last month, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi have been busy nipping and tucking at the club’s 40-man roster and overall depth.
Heading into Friday, the Dodgers had made 56 roster moves during the first month of the season and used 35 players. It appears as though another, relatively minor, transaction was added to the books as Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports the Dodgers traded outfielder Matt Carson to the Oakland Athletics:
Dodgers traded Matt Carson to A's for cash considerations. Also released Mike Carp
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) May 8, 2015
Neither club confirmed the deal, nor did it appear on either of their transactions pages at the time of this writing. Carson signed a Minor-League contract with the Dodgers and was among the non-roster invites to Spring Training.
The Yucaipa High School product appeared in 13 games, hitting a grand slam against the Cleveland Indians March 14 and was sent to Minor League camp eight days later.
Carson finished Cactus League play batting .200/.231/.480 with two home runs, eight RBIs and 11 strikeouts. He opened the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City where he played in 24 games, hitting .179/.284/.250 with nine RBIs, eight walks and 15 strikeouts in 68 plate appearances.
Carson played parts of four seasons in the Majors from 2009-2013, hitting a combined .237/.257/.356 with the A’s, Minnesota Twins and Indians. His last Major-League experience came in 2013 with the Indians, when he appeared in 20 games and hit .636/.692/.909 (7-for-11).
Also falling under the roster maintenance category, veteran first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp opted out of his Minor League deal Thursday, just under two weeks after signing with the Dodgers. He had two hits in 23 plate appearances.
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