After being designated for assignment when the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena, Justin Sellers was traded to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday in exchange for cash considerations. It’s been a quick downfall for Sellers, who was the Dodgers starting shortstop on Opening Day in 2013 as Hanley Ramirez recovered from thumb surgery. During that span, Sellers played in 27 of the first 33 games of the season, but didn’t appear in another game for the Dodgers after June 10.
Despite the early action last season, Sellers played sparingly on the Dodgers major league roster over the last three seasons. His season high in game appearances is 36, which came in 2011. Though the Dodgers have a need at second base, Sellers likely wasn’t a serious candidate to be named the starter.
A career .268 hitter in the minor leagues, the 28-year-old’s downfall can largely be attributed to his inability to hit at the major league level. Sellers is a career .199 hitter in 236 at-bats and the best batting average he posted for the Dodgers was .205 in 2012.
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