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Dodgers Acquire Lefty Pitcher Garrett Cleavinger in Three-Team Trade

Today the Dodgers announced a three-team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies, bringing left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger to Los Angeles.

As part of the trade, LA sent minor league first baseman Dillon Paulson to Tampa and a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN, among others.

Cleavinger made his big league debut last season with the Phillies, appearing in only 1 game and surrendering a home run while recording a strikeout in .2 innings pitched. The lefty features a mid-nineties fastball with a slider and curveball combination. The 26-year-old veteran of 5 minor league seasons has a career ERA of 4.08 in 140 games across 4 levels.

Paulson, the player leaving Los Angeles is a former 13th round pick by the Dodgers in 2018. He smacked 16 home runs in 117 games combined games between Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga in 2019.

This trade came, in part, to help Tampa Bay complete the Blake Snell deal with the San Diego Padres. The Rays sent fireballer Jose Alvarado to the Phillies to open up a roster spot to complete the Snell deal.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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  1. So let me get this straight. We are taking on a pitcher that no one has ever heard of in order to “help” a trade between Tampa and the Friars that ends up giving Blake Snell to the enemy? And we aren’t even getting what could be a big arm from the Rays, instead that guy is going to the Phillies? They shouldn’t even have announced this one. I don’t think we wanted to know.

  2. Padres: We have Clevinger.
    Dodgers: We’ll see your Clevinger and raise you one vowel!! (Cleavinger).

    Hot dang, we showed those Friars Road upstarts!.

    1. I think Clevinger is in transit unless Friedman knows something nobody else does.

  3. What are you guys talking about?! We got Andrew Shwaab the other day!! 😀 We’re all set to take on those Friars…

  4. I know what Friedman is doing now; cornering the reliever market! We also have Federowicz, Nelson, Stewart, Pazos, Morrow, Knebel and Alexander. If SD can’t sign any relievers, and we get to their bullpen in the 7th or 8th inning, we win!

    Don’t know why I didn’t realize this before… 😉

  5. Hopefully Friedman has something up his sleeve. We cannot stand pat! Still have plenty of time for a major move. Let’s not panic. We got Mookie at a time when we thought there was no hope.

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