Rays Acquire Garrett Cleavinger From Dodgers

Rays Acquire Garrett Cleavinger From Dodgers

The Rays and Dodgers announced a deal sending a reliever Garrett Cleavinger from Los Angeles to Tampa Bay. Minor league outfielder German Tapia went the other way. To create a spot on the 40-man roster, Tampa Bay’s designated reliever Luke Bard for assignment. The move frees up a spot on the Dodgers’ roster as they look for improvements the next day.

Cleavinger doesn’t have much major league experience, going 23 innings over the past three seasons. Four of his 27 MLB appearances have come this season, but he has spent most of the year at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Cleavinger has a 2.79 ERA in 29 Triple-A innings this season. He whipped up an excellent 37.9% of opponents, but he also walked a whopping 13.7% of batters faced.

It’s a similar story for the 28-year-old southpaw at the big league level. He’s beaten 25.9% of opponents above average in the majors, but he’s handed out free passes at a 13.4% clip. Owner of a fastball that averages just under 96 MPH and a low ’80s breaking ball with high spin and downhill action, Cleavinger obviously has some intriguing raw stuff. He has yet to be able to control it consistently enough to carve out a permanent place in the big league roster. but he can bounce between Tampa Bay and Triple-A Durham for the rest of this season – his final year as a minor league option.

Bard, who was moved to the roster, has pitched 14 innings in eight major league outings this season. He had a 1.93 ERA but a meager 14.3% strikeout rate and a high 12.5% ​​walk percentage. Bard has much better strikeout and walk numbers through 19 appearances with Durham, but marked homer issues there have contributed to a 4.88 ERA. The 31-year-old can be traded by tomorrow’s deadline but he’s more likely to end up on a waiver over the next few days.

Tapia, an 18-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, has spent the past two seasons in rookie ball. He’s a 6’2″ right-handed hitter who has played in the corner outfield so far as a professional.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported the matter.

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