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Dodgers News: LA Trades LHP Garrett Cleavinger to Tampa Bay

The Dodgers will almost certainly be active over the next 24 hours. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, Andrew Friedman will be working hard to see what deals are out there. But as we know about him, he won’t jump at a deal unless there is a package they like. 

Today, they started by trading away Garrett Cleavinger. They sent the southpaw reliever to the Tama Bay Rays, landing a minor league outfielder in return. Cleavinger has not played much of a role in 2022, appearing in  4 games and allowing 5 earned runs for the Dodgers in 4.1 innings of work. 

The biggest part of the deal is the roster spot at the moment. The Dodgers need space on their 40-man roster with so many guys expected back. Getting fringe guys off of the 40-man like Cleavinger will presumably make that transition easier. 

But the Dodgers do get German Tapia as well, an 18-year-old outfielder that the Rays signed in 2021. He’s currently with the Rays’ Dominican Summer League team and hitting pretty well. German has tallied a .329 batting average and a pair of homeruns in 26 games so far. 

But the trades are starting Dodgers fans, and there is sure to be more movement here pretty soon. 

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