After weeks spent tinkering on the fringes of the 40-man roster on a near-daily basis, the Los Angeles Dodgers eased off the pedal recently; with the Juan Uribe trade serving as an exception. They were busy again Friday by acquiring infielder Ronald Torreyes from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.
To clear room on the 40-man roster for Torreyes, who was then optioned to Double-A Tulsa, the Dodgers designated Darwin Barney for assignment. They acquired Barney in a trade last season and the versatile infielder made the Opening Day roster, but was optioned rather quickly to Triple-A Oklahoma City and hasn’t returned to the Majors since.
Torreyes signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, at the time just 17 years old. He spent two seasons in the club’s farm system before moving on to spend time in the Minors with the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Blue Jays.
The Venezuelan native opened this season at the Triple-A level with the Astros, but spent the last 16 games with Double-A New Hampshire (Blue Jays). He’s a primary second baseman and has also logged some time at shortstop, third base and in the outfield.
Being sent to Double-A hasn’t correlated with better results at the plate for Torreyes as he’s batting just .140/.204/.180 with New Hampshire. He’s hitting a combined .175/.208/.200 this season. Torreyes becomes the third player the Dodgers have acquired from the Blue Jays for cash considerations, joining relief pitcher Matt West and first baseman Andy Wilkins.
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