40th-man shuffle continues as Dodgers acquire Xavier Cedeno

40th-man shuffle continues as Dodgers acquire Xavier Cedeno
Washington Nationals pitcher Xavier Cedeno delivers a pitcher against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of a game on April 13. (Steven Senne / Associated Press)

Catch and release, baby, catch and release. It's the front office's new game, which I suppose at least passes away those idle hours.

On Wednesday the Dodgers acquired left-hander Xavier Cedeno from the Washington Nationals for cash, added him to the 40-man roster and designated right-hander Daniel Corcino for assignment.

The Dodgers had claimed Corcino on waivers from the Reds last Friday and released Ryan Dennick, whom they had claimed from the Reds two days earlier and designated David Huff for assignment. Corcino made it into one whole game at double-a Tulsa.

Meanwhile, at triple-A Oklahoma City they released journeyman right-hander Freddy Garcia.

Remember Dodger Ryan Lavarnway? Didn’t think so. Catch and release, baby. Fortieth man on the Dodgers' roster is like being a journalist. Not a lot of job security these days.

What all this roster craziness means for the moment is they have Cedeno, who you would hope packs lightly.

Cedeno, 28, has spent most of his career split between the minors and majors, mostly the former. He had appeared in five games (three innings) for the Nationals this season, allowing two runs, three hits and two walks. For his career he has appeared in 77 games for the Nationals and Houston Astros, with a 5.24 ERA and 1.67 WHIP.

That's a lot of roster shuffling for a left-handed relief specialist who is out of options. Which means the Dodgers still have to make another move. Guess they think he's better than left-hander Adam Liberatore, sent back down earlier Wednesday.


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