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.

Dodgers add Sergio Santos, option Mike Bolsinger to Triple-A, designate Xavier Cedeno.

Sergio Santos

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.
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What happened with Ryan Webb? Andrew Friedman offers a postscript.

Ryan WebbDidn’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.

What happened?

“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.”