Dodgers designate Carl Crawford for assignment

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The Dodgers announced today that outfielder Carl Crawford has been designated for assignment and catcher/infielder Austin Barnes has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Crawford, 34, was injured in each of the four years he spent with the Dodgers, never playing in more than 116 games in any one season. In aggregate, he hit a mediocre .278/.320/.400 with declining defense and waning speed, making him a shadow of the player he was with the Rays.

Crawford is owed the remainder of his $20.75 million salary for the 2016 season as well as $21 million next season. Any team interested in signing Crawford would only have to pay the prorated major league minimum.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.