The trade deadline might have already passed, but that doesn’t mean the Dodgers aren’t looking to improve their overall roster. Teams can still claim players and pick up minor leaguers on moves. They did just that today on a waiver claim from the Orioles.
The Dodgers claimed infielder Rylan Bannon from Baltimore this afternoon. The 26-year-old right-handed bat has had a handful of opportunities at the big league level this year, appearing in 4 games for the Orioles’ big league squad.
Bannon was notably a part of the 2018 Manny Machado trade that sent the superstar to the Dodgers. Los Angeles also sent out Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Breyvic Valera and Zach Pop in the deal to Baltimore. He returns back to the organization after 4 years of bouncing around their minor league system.
At his best, Bannon does provide some pop from the right side. He never broke the Dodgers’ top 30 prospect rankings, but he did crush 20 home runs for Rancho Cucamonga in 89 games before being dealt to Baltimore.
The Dodgers did assign Bannon to the 40-man roster, which currently sits at 40 players exactly. They will need to make some room soon though, with so many guys expected to return from their 60-day IL stints in the coming weeks.
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