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.
Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets have a deal on a contract extension with Jacob deGrom. We have no details yet, but it’s pending a physical. He is reportedly in New York right now for his physical.
deGrom, the 2018 Cy Young Award winner has made no secret of his desire for a contract extension. He, likewise, has said he would not discuss the matter with the Mets after the start of the season on Thursday. This, then, is getting the job done, just under the wire.
deGrom is coming off of a season in which he posted a 1.70 ERA with 269 strikeouts and 46 walks across 217 innings. It’s the lowest ERA by a qualified starter since Zack Greinke‘s 1.66 in 2015. Prior to Greinke, no pitcher had posted an ERA of 1.70 or lower since Greg Maddux in 1994-95 (1.56, 1.63).
deGrom was slated to earn $17 million this season and will enter his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility going into the 2020 season. He will turn 31 years old in June.
More details, obviously, once we have them.