On top of adding outfielder Chris Heisey to the active roster and optioning Adam Liberatore back to Triple-A Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Dodgers completed their third transaction in the last week.
The Dodgers announced Wednesday afternoon they acquired left-handed relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno from the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash considerations. To make room for Cedeno on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated Daniel Corcino for assignment.
Corcino was claimed by the Dodgers from the Cincinnati Reds on April 17 and made one appearance with Double-A Tulsa. Should he clear waivers, the Dodgers presumably would again place him back with the Drillers.
Cedeno was designated for assignment by the Nationals on April 14 after appearing in five games this season; he threw a total of three innings, allowed two runs, had four strikeouts and issued two walks. He appeared in nine games with the Nationals last season, but otherwise spent the year in Triple-A.
The 28-year-old left-hander threw 39.1 innings over 35 games in Triple-A last season, racking up 57 strikeouts and holding an impressive 0.864 WHIP. The Dodgers have faced Cedeno three times over parts of his five years in the Majors.
One of the outings came in September of last season when he struck out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th in a game that went 14 innings.
Right-handers have fared well against Cedeno, batting .339/.409/.532 with only 15 strikeouts and 15 walks in 128 plate appearances. As is usually the case, lefties haven’t had as much success — .252/.331/.351 with 39 strikeouts and nine walks in 126 plate appearances.
As president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager continue to working on building depth throughout the organization, the final spot on the 40-man roster has quickly become a revolving door.
Cedeno is out of options and the Dodgers would need to clear room on the 25-man roster for him, which could place some relievers with options on the hot seat — namely Paco Rodriguez — assuming the Dodgers desire wouldn’t be to carry three lefties in the bullpen. Should they elect to place Cedeno in the Minors, he would first need to clear waivers.
Dodgers President Of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman