Dodgers Team News

Dodgers News: Reyes Moronta Claimed By Division Rivals

Reyes Moronta’s first season with the Dodgers appears to be over. Moronta, who was designated for assignment on Saturday to make room for the return of Dustin May, has been claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Moronta had an up-and-down season in Los Angeles, putting up zeroes in 14 of his 22 appearances but also tying a Dodgers record for a reliever by allowing home runs in four straight appearances and posting a mediocre overall ERA of 4.18.

Moronta also had a more literal up-and-down season, being optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City four different times this season. Realistically, he was not likely to have a spot on the Dodgers’ postseason roster unless several things went drastically wrong, which was why he was expendable when the Dodgers needed to make room on their 40-man roster to activate May from the 60-day injured list.

It was always unlikely that Moronta would clear waivers, because he still has options available so it’s less of an immediate commitment for the team claiming him. The DBacks make sense, as their 4.23 bullpen ERA ranks 25th in the big leagues this year. Moronta is three years removed from the last time he was a solid, dependable reliever, but Arizona isn’t playing for anything but pride this season so he’s a reasonable guy to take a flyer on.

Moronta has one year of team control left after 2022, and he will also have one option year left. That means he will likely bounce back and forth between Phoenix and Triple-A Reno next season, if he remains in the Diamondbacks organization.

Farewell, Reyes, and good luck (except when you play the Dodgers).

Have you subscribed to our YouTube Channel yet? Subscribe and hit that notification bell to stay up to date on all the latest Dodgers news, rumors, interviews, live streams, and more!

Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button