The Los Angeles Dodgers have been active over roughly the last two weeks claiming pitchers and stashing them in the Minors.
Among their additions was left-handed relief pitcher Xavier Cedeno, who they acquired from the Washington Nationals April 22 in exchange for cash considerations. Two days later, Cedeno was designated for assignment.
Whereas the Dodgers successfully managed to outright a string of players to the Minors after clearing waivers, Cedeno figured to be sought after they announced Monday he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.
Cedeno never appeared in a game for the Dodgers; he was expected to join the club for their series against the San Diego Padres, but the roster spot instead went to Sergio Santos, to offset being without the injured Joel Peralta.
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. Cedeno fills a need for the Rays, who were set to begin a series against the New York Yankees without a left-handed relief pitcher.
This is the second transaction between the Dodgers and Rays since Andrew Friedman assumed the role as president of baseball operations for Los Angeles. The first was a trade sending Adam Liberatore and Joel Peralta in exchange for Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.
Los Angeles Dodgers President Of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman