Sergio Santos was able to opt out of his minor-league contract with the Dodgers May 1. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — Xavier Cedeno, like Daniel Corcino, Ryan Dennick, Ryan Webb and David Huff before him, did not last long on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. Cedeno, whom the Dodgers acquired from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations Wednesday, was designated for assignment Friday.
Sergio Santos has a fairly easy act to follow.
Santos, the veteran right-hander from Hacienda Heights, was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster and was brought up for tonight’s game against the Padres. He’ll wear number 26 and should be a fairly attractive bullpen option for Don Mattingly tonight. The Dodgers’ other relievers threw 10 ⅓ innings during the three-game series against the Giants that concluded Thursday, losing two games and blowing one save.
Mike Bolsinger, who started Thursday, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Santos on the 25-man roster. The Dodgers will carry eight relievers tonight and likely tomorrow, until they need a fifth starter to fill the “TBA” slot listed next to Sunday’s game in San Diego.
Didn’t have a chance to post this Wednesday but if you, like me, were wondering what happened with Ryan Webb, Andrew Friedman offered some insight yesterday.
A quick refresher: The Dodgers acquired Webb, Triple-A catcher Brian Ward, and a compensatory draft pick (number 75 overall) in the June draft for minor leaguers Ben Rowen, Chris O’Brien and $2.75 million. The next day they outrighted Webb to the minors. He refused the assignment and signed with the Cleveland Indians instead, with the Dodgers still on the hook for Webb’s salary.
“We told (Webb) when we got him that we wouldn’t stand in his way if he got a better opportunity and felt his path to the majors was quicker with Cleveland than it was here,” Friedman said. “The way our guys are throwing not only here but in Oklahoma City, we didn’t feel like he would be a near-term option for us.”
Free agent Cuban infielder Hector Olivera is “likely to have a contract by the end of this week, agent Greg Genske told CBSsports.com.
From Jon Heyman’s piece:
There has been some concern about a situation with the UCL in his throwing elbow, but scouts say he shows a strong arm in workouts. The Dodgers, who looked at one MRI of the elbow in question, but were declined a second MRI, are still in the bidding despite some seeming concern about the alleged issue.
The presence of the Dodgers, one of baseball’s two richest franchises, worries some of the other interested parties. “Look, if the Dodgers want him, they can get him,” one interested party pointed out.
I’ve heard essentially the same thing from an interested party.