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.
The Dodgers released AAA pitcher Josh Smoker and AAA outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from their minor league contracts.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 8, 2019
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.