UPDATE (Dec. 15, 5:20 p.m. PT): The Los Angeles Dodgers announced they completed the Nov. 17 trade for Kyle Jensen by sending Minor League reliever Craig Stem to the Miami Marlins.
Stem was selected by the Dodgers in the 15th round of the 2011 draft, and he spent last season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. He made a combined 45 relief appearances in 2014, finishing with a 5.61 ERA in 61 innings pitched.
While Andrew Friedman was still working to finalize the Los Angeles Dodgers’ reconfigured front office, he made his first roster move by claiming infielder Ryan Jackson off waivers.
Now with Farhan Zaidi in place as the general manager, as well as the additions of Josh Byrnes, Gabe Kapler and others to the front office, the Dodgers announced Monday night they traded for Kyle Jensen of the Miami Marlins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
The Walnut Creek, Calif. native has been with the Marlins organization since he was selected by the team in the 12th round of the 2009 draft and he spent the last two seasons playing for the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate.
Since Jensen got his first experience at the Triple-A level in 2013, he’s owns a slash of .252/.320/.482, has hit 39 home runs and collected 128 RBIs over two seasons. Last season, Jensen’s 27 home runs ranked fourth in the Pacific Coast League and his 92 RBIs were good for second in the PCL.
Like the Dodgers’ former and current Triple-A team, the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate plays in the Pacific Coast League. Jensen primarily played left and right field, but has also logged some time at first base. Of the 133 games the 26 year old appeared in last season, 68 were spent in right field.
The trade appears to be little more than adding more depth to the organization as Jensen has never played in the Majors. With the acquisition of the outfielder, it gives the Dodgers 37 players on their 40-man roster.