How the Dodgers became a footnote to the Josh Hamilton trade.

The Dodgers were apparently a footnote to one of the biggest salary dumps in MLB history.

According to CBSsports.com, the Dodgers were involved in discussions with the Angels and Rangers regarding Josh Hamilton “to pay some money while gathering prospects,” before Hamilton was ultimately traded to the Rangers on Monday.

That same day, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said “we’ve had a variety of talks through the last month or so revolving around a number of different possible outcomes. Some of them were more serious than others, but this is the one that always made the most sense for everybody.”

In the end, by not involving the Dodgers in the Hamilton trade, the Angels merely spared us all “old friend alerts” from Eric Stephen on Twitter every time Hamilton did something noteworthy.

Dodgers claim left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa, assign him to Triple-A.

Eury De La Rosa

The Oakland A’s designated Eury De La Rosa for assignment earlier this week after the left-hander made six appearances at Triple-A Nashville. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers claimed left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa on Thursday. The left-handed pitcher had not allowed an earned run in six innings for the Oakland A’s Triple-A affiliate before he was designated for assignment.

De La Rosa will be assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, pitcher Brandon McCarthy was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

McCarthy is having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow today.

De La Rosa, 25, made 44 relief appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2013-14 and posted a 4.21 ERA (4.30 FIP) in 51 1/3 innings.

His lefty-righty splits with Arizona suggest De La Rosa could be more than a situational reliever. Right-handers own a .259/.333/.440 slash line against him, left-handers .247/.322/.358.

Dodgers trade Xavier Cedeno to Tampa Bay for cash.

The Dodgers traded left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeño to the Rays in exchange for cash considerations today. Cedeño was acquired by the Dodgers from the Washington Nationals for cash April 22 and designated for assignment two days later, without appearing in a Dodger uniform.

The trade is basically a wash for the Dodgers, but it isn’t the first time they have acquired a player since the season began and chosen not to keep him. Actually, it’s the fourth.

Ryan Webb, Daniel Corcino, Ryan Dennick have all spent less than a week on the 40-man roster combined. The Dodgers allowed Webb to sign with the Cleveland Indians, while Corcino and Dennick are both pitching at Double-A Tulsa on minor-league deals.

Cedeno, 28, had appeared in five games for the Nationals. He allowed two runs and struck out four batters in three innings.