One week after acquiring reliever Xavier Cedeno from the Nationals for cash considerations the Dodgers have traded the left-hander to the Rays for cash considerations.
Cedeno is out of minor-league options, which has played a big part in his being on the move so much because teams can’t send him to Triple-A without passing him through waivers first and … well, he’s good enough to interest other teams if that happens.
Whether he’s also good enough to stick in the majors as a useful part of a bullpen remains to be seen. Cedeno never even appeared in a game for the Dodgers has just 55 total innings in the majors spread over parts of five seasons. He does, however, have a 2.83 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 123 innings at Triple-A.
Per the Dodgers on Twitter, the club has called up reliever Sergio Santos from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for him, the Dodgers optioned pitcher Mike Bolsinger to Oklahoma City and designated Xavier Cedeno for assignment. The Dodgers had acquired Cedeno for cash considerations from the Nationals on Wednesday.
Santos signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers back in December. In five innings to start the season, Santos allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with eight strikeouts across six appearances.
Left-hander Xavier Cedeno was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and now they’ve traded the 28-year-old reliever to the Dodgers for cash considerations.
Cedeno has been used sparingly in the majors, but he’s totaled 54 strikeouts in 55 innings and has a career 2.83 ERA with 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 108 appearances at Triple-A.
Los Angeles has been adding and subtracting players from the 40-man roster like crazy and that figures to continue, but if given an extended chance Cedeno could be a decent fit as a middle reliever.
Nationals manager Matt Williams thought highly enough of reliever Xavier Cedeno to use him in five of the team’s first seven games, but the left-hander struggled and now he’s been designated for assignment.
Cedeno hasn’t logged more than a dozen big-league innings in a season since 2012, but he’s got a 2.83 ERA and 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 108 career appearances at Triple-A.
Washington previously traded away left-hander Jerry Blevins to the Mets while keeping Cedeno on the roster, so now the bullpen is down to Matt Thornton as the lone southpaw.
With lefty reliever Josh Edgin dealing with elbow troubles which could result in Tommy John surgery, the Mets are keeping an eye on the market for left-handed relievers, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports.
Rubin cites Sam Freeman of the Cardinals and Xavier Cedeno of the Nationals, both of whom are out of options with their respective teams. Freeman, 27, has a career 3.33 ERA and a 61/34 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings. Cedeno, 28, has a career 5.19 ERA and a 50/22 K/BB ratio over 52 innings.
If the Mets decide to stay in-house for lefties, Scott Rice, Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin, Dario Alvarez, and Jack Leathersich are potential options.