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Dodgers: Jake Reed’s Wild Ride with Los Angeles Continues

At some point, you really just have to feel bad for Jake Reed. The journeyman pitcher was just designated for assignment when the Dodgers officially announced the JD Martinez signing. Just a few weeks prior, Reed was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox.

It was the third time the Dodgers have claimed him over the last two calendar years. And with his most recent DFA, that’s the third time the club has DFA’d him over the last two calendar years.



By all accounts, Jake Reed is a good dude. And he had his best moment yet as a big leaguer in a Dodger uniform. Last summer, the right-hander earned a gutty save against the Mets in New York — notably, the Mets are another team that has waiver claimed and DFA’d Reed. It was the first save of his career and he let out a roar in celebration coming off the mound after shutting the door.

His teammates celebrated with him in the clubhouse afterward, showering him with beer and congratulations.

He was designated for assignment three days later.

By this point, Jake Reed has to despise those three words. Designated. For. Assignment. He’s heard them seven (!) times alone since last year.

Seriously, his transactions page since 2021 is a sight to behold.

  • June 2, 2021: Salt Lake Bees (Angels) release RHP Jake Reed
  • June 4, 2021: Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent RHP Jake Reed to a minor league contract.
  • June 4, 2021: RHP Jake Reed assigned to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  • July 6, 2021: Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of RHP Jake Reed from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  • July 19, 2021: Los Angeles Dodgers optioned RHP Jake Reed to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  • July 21, 2021: Los Angeles Dodgers designated RHP Jake Reed for assignment.
  • July 25, 2021: Tampa Bay Rays claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • July 25, 2021: Tampa Bay Rays optioned RHP Jake Reed to Durham Bulls.
  • July 30, 2021: Tampa Bay Rays designated RHP Jake Reed for assignment.
  • August 2, 2021: New York Mets claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from Tampa Bay Rays.
  • August 4, 2021: New York Mets recalled RHP Jake Reed from Syracuse Mets.
  • August 6, 2021: New York Mets optioned RHP Jake Reed to Syracuse Mets.
  • August 14, 2021: New York Mets recalled RHP Jake Reed from Syracuse Mets.
  • August 20, 2021: New York Mets placed RHP Jake Reed on the 10-day injured list. Right forearm inflammation.
  • September 14, 2021: New York Mets activated RHP Jake Reed.
  • September 17, 2021: New York Mets optioned RHP Jake Reed to Syracuse Mets.
  • October 5, 2021: New York Mets recalled RHP Jake Reed from Syracuse Mets.

That’s 2021 alone! Here comes 2022, in case you didn’t get the picture yet.

  • April 7, 2022: New York Mets placed RHP Jake Reed on the 10-day injured list. Left oblique strain.
  • April 20, 2022: New York Mets activated RHP Jake Reed.
  • April 20, 2022: New York Mets optioned RHP Jake Reed to Syracuse Mets.
  • May 12: 2022: New York Mets recalled RHP Jake Reed from Syracuse Mets.
  • May 17, 2022: New York Mets optioned RHP Jake Reed to Syracuse Mets.
  • May 21, 2022: New York Mets recalled RHP Jake Reed from Syracuse Mets.
  • May 23, 2022: New York Mets optioned RHP Jake Reed to Syracuse Mets.
  • June 11, 2022: New York Mets recalled RHP Jake Reed from Syracuse Mets.
  • June 17, 2022: New York Mets optioned RHP Jake Reed to Syracuse Mets.
  • July 7, 2022: New York Mets recalled RHP Jake Reed from Syracuse Mets.
  • July 8, 2022: New York Mets optioned RHP Jake Reed to Syracuse Mets.
  • July 10, 2022: New York Mets designated RHP Jake Reed for assignment.
  • July 13, 2022: Los Angeles Dodgers claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from New York Mets.
  • July 27, 2022: Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RHP Jake Reed from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  • July 31, 2022: Los Angeles Dodgers optioned RHP Jake Reed to Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  • August 30, 2022: Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RHP Jake Reed from Oklahoma City Dodgers.
  • September 2, 2022: Los Angeles Dodgers designated RHP Jake Reed for assignment.
  • September 5, 2022: Baltimore Orioles claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • September 6, 2022: Baltimore Orioles activated RHP Jake Reed
  • September 28, 2022: Baltimore Orioles optioned RHP Jake Reed to Norfolk Tides.
  • October 11, 2022: Baltimore Orioles designated RHP Jake Reed for assignment.
  • October 13, 2022: Boston Red Sox claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from Baltimore Orioles.
  • November 15, 2022: Boston Red Sox designated RHP Jake Reed for assignment.
  • November 18, 2022: Los Angeles Dodgers claimed RHP Jake Reed off waivers from Boston Red Sox.
  • December 29, 2022: Los Angeles Dodgers designated RHP Jake Reed for assignment.

Woof.

Over parts of his three tours of duty with the Dodgers, Reed has a 2.70 ERA in 11 games. For his career, he owns a 2-1 record with a 5.74 ERA over 28 games.

Mammas, don’t let your babies grow up to be middle relievers.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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