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Dodgers Release 2 Minor League Players

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Josh Smoker #57 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses during Photo Day on Thursday, February 20, 2019 at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers released left-handed reliever Josh Smoker and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from their minor league contracts on May 7. Both players appeared in spring training as non-roster invitees but didn’t have much of a shot to make the roster.

Smoker, 30, threw 14 innings for the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers before being released. He posted a 9.00 ERA, 7.74 FIP, 7.07 K/9 and 5.79 BB/9 for the club. Smoker last pitched in the major leagues when he threw 1 2/3 innings for the Detroit Tigers in 2018. Through his major league career, he has a 5.35 ERA, 5.12 FIP, 11.05 K/9 and 4.90 BB/9 in 79 innings.

Carrera, 31, played in 10 games for Oklahoma City and hit .172/.250/.207 in 32 plate appearances. He last appeared in the big leagues in 2017 for the Toronto Blue Jays where he hit .282/.356/.408 in 325 plate appearances. He holds a career .262/.324/.365 slash line in 1,305 major league plate appearances.

They were signed as organizational depth and neither player was expected to be on the Dodgers roster at any point this season.

The OKC Dodgers used one of the roster spaces to activate right-hander Dennis Santana off the seven-day injured list.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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