With a revamped front office that’s mindful of assembling the best organization from the Majors down to Low-A, the Los Angeles Dodgers have arguably been the busiest team in all of baseball. No, they haven’t acquired a perennial All-Star, but the overall depth has been improved.
Although the Dodgers went through a period where they were able to claim players off waivers only to designate them for assignment soon after, but still keep them in the organization, their luck — perhaps in some effect by choice — has run a little dry recently. David Aardsmas’s opt-out clause came and went a few days ago, and the right-hander chose to become a free agent rather than remain with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
On the heels of losing Aardsma, the Dodgers split the difference with David Huff and Sergio Santos. Both pitchers cleared waivers, though only Huff agreed to be sent outright to Triple-A. Santos chose to become a free agent.
Huff was called up June 1 when the Dodgers optioned Matt West to OKC and transferred Carl Crawford to the 60-day disabled list in order to clear room for the left-hander. Huff tossed one inning of relief work that night and appeared in the first game of the doubleheader June 2.
The Dodgers then designated him for assignment prior to the finale of the doubleheader. This marks the second time this season Huff has accepted being outrighted to Triple-A. He’s 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA over six appearances (two starts) and has 18 strikeouts in 23 innings with OKC.
As for Santos, he joined the Dodgers prior to the opt-out clause in his Minor-League deal, somewhat benefitting from Joel Peralta’s injury. Santos made 12 relief appearances (13.1 innings) and 15 strikeouts to seven walks. Additionally, he threw a four-strikeout inning one night after Kenley Jansen also accomplished the rare feat.
However, whereas Jansen did it as part of a scoreless inning of work, Santos allowed three runs in his four-strikeout inning.