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.

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Written by Blake Williams

I'm a journalism major currently studying at Los Angeles Pierce College. I've been a Dodgers fan since 2007 and a stats nerd since 2012. Around the age of 13, I decided I want to work in baseball and be around the game as much as I could. I wasn't good at playing it so I looked for other ways to make working in baseball possible. I believe writing about it is my path, so here I am!


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