In working to assemble depth beyond the active and 40-man rosters, the Los Angeles Dodgers have had some luck on their side in getting players through waivers. However, they’ve lost a pair of right-handers in recent days.
By not promoting David Aardsma to the Majors by June 1, the exorcised his opt-out clause and elected to become a free agent. Meanwhile Sergio Santos, who was with with the big league club, was designated for assignment May 27 when outfielder Chris Heisey was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Santos cleared waivers and rather than accept a Minor-League assignment as David Huff did, the 31 year old elected free agency. While the Dodgers lost Santos, it wasn’t without trying to first trade him to the New York Yankees, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 9, 2015
As Rosenthal notes, the Yankees were able to sign Santos outright to a Minor-League deal. He appeared in 12 games with the Dodgers, recording 15 strikeouts to seven walks in 13.1 innings, and posting a 4.73 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
It’s unclear if a trade involving Santos and David Carpenter would have included more players. The Yankees designated Carpenter for assignment June 3 to clear room on the 25-man roster for Masahiro Tanaka. Carpenter is 0-1, owns a 4.82 ERA and 5.32 FIP in 22 games (18.2 innings) in his first season with the Yankees.