UPDATE (July 10, 12:15 p.m. PT): The Los Angeles Dodgers officially announced they claimed Preston Guilmet from the Tampa Bay Rays and optioned him to the Minors. Chris Reed was designated for assignment so that Guilmet could be added to the 40-man roster.
Reed was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in the 2011 draft. He appeared in a combined 24 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, going 2-2 with a 5.97 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 34.2 innings.
After a stretch in the season where the Los Angeles Dodgers seemingly were making a roster move every day, they’ve since scaled back. Aside from recalling players to placing others on the disabled list, the Dodgers’ efforts to add to the organizational depth with external options has largely been muted.
That appears to have changed as according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers claimed right-handed relief pitcher Preston Guilmet off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 10, 2015
The Rays designated Guilmet for assignment on Tuesday in order to clear a spot on their 40-man roster and activate designated hitter John Jaso from the 60-day disabled list. Guilmet made three relief appearances with Tampa Bay — one each in May, June and July.
He tossed a combined 5.1 innings, allowing three runs and five hits, while striking out five and walking two. He also spent parts of the 2013 and 2014 with the Cleveland Indians and the Baltimore Orioles. In 17 career Major League games Guilmet is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA, 4.24 FIP and 1.33 WHIP. He’s also tallied 18 strikeouts in 21 innings pitched to seven walks.
The 27-year-old right-hander owns a 1.84 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 23 combined Triple-A games with the Toronto Blue Jays and Rays organizations. Given Guilmet’s limited experience, it’s likely he’ll be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and perhaps enter the fray when the Dodgers look to call up a fresh bullpen arm.
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