Today the Dodgers announced a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies, bringing left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger to Los Angeles.
The #Dodgers announced that they acquired LHP Garrett Cleavinger. It's a bigger 3-team trade in three-team exchange with Rays and Phillies.
Cleavinger was added to the 40-man roster. More to come…
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) December 29, 2020
As part of the trade, LA sent minor league first baseman Dillon Paulson to Tampa and a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, among others.
Cleavinger made his big league debut last season with the Phillies, appearing in only 1 game and surrendering a home run while recording a strikeout in .2 innings pitched. The lefty features a mid-nineties fastball with a slider and curveball combination. The 26-year-old veteran of 5 minor league seasons has a career ERA of 4.08 in 140 games across 4 levels.
Paulson, the player leaving Los Angeles is a former 13th round pick by the Dodgers in 2018. He smacked 16 home runs in 117 games combined games between Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga in 2019.
This trade came, in part, to help Tampa Bay complete the Blake Snell deal with the San Diego Padres. The Rays sent fireballer Jose Alvarado to the Phillies to open up a roster spot to complete the Snell deal.
This post will be updated as more information becomes available.