The Dodgers announced that they’ve designated four players — Mike Morse, Brandon Beachy, Chris Heisey and Chin-hui Tsao — for assignment in order to clear 40-man roster spot for Alex Wood, Mat Latos, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson and Jose Peraza. A fifth 40-man roster spot was freed up by placing Chris Hatcher on the 60-day DL. Peraza was optioned to Triple-A, and Bronson Arroyo, also acquired in today’s 13-player trade, was placed on the 60-day DL.
It’s rare — if not unprecedented — to see this large a roster departure in one fell swoop. But most of the pieces figure to have little problem clearing waivers. Morse’s sizable contract makes that an easy expectation, though Los Angeles could look to park him in the American League while saving some cash through a trade. Beachy, too, is owed enough ($2.75MM annual salary) that he’s likely to clear, though it’s unclear what Los Angeles will look to do with him. And the 34-year-old Tsao has struggled badly in his first action in the big leagues since 2007.
Heisey, though, could draw some interest. If nothing else, a team like the Brewers or Reds — both of whom could end up parting with multiple big league outfielders — might like the idea of plugging him into their outfield mix the rest of the way (and, possibly, for 2016). He is owed a fairly reasonable $2.16MM this year and can be controlled through arbitration next season — where he likely won’t command much of a raise after seeing scant time in the majors. The 30-year-old Heisey is capable of playing center and has a lifetime .246/.300/417 slash with a solid defensive reputation, making him a reasonably useful player.
Well the scorecard printers at Dodger Stadium are sure going to be busy.
Morse DFA’d? Surprise, surprise.
I am a little surprised to see Beachy DFA’d, but I guess with so many pitchers, someone’s gotta go. Hope he makes it back to the bigs to stay at some point.
Dare I say Beachy to Atlanta again? I’d be ok with it, always liked him.
He probably accepts the assignment and tries to work out his problems in the minors. After two awful starts nobody is going to be interested in him as a free agent.
How did Morse get on the 40-man roster in the first place?
He was traded.
But so were Latos, Wood, etc., and there had to be spaced cleared for them.
He was already ON THE 40-MAN. Meaning he was shipped from Miami to the Dodgers and instantly on the roster, thus giving the Dodgers over 40, which is why he was DFA’d… among other reasons being he just sucks.
Ah, I get it. Thanks for explaining.
Really??? They designated Morse? Didn’t see that one coming…….not! Figured they would DFA Morse. Tsao isn’t a surprise either as he hasn’t done much for us. Heisey is a slight surprise as I thought the front office liked him a lot. Guess not that much. And Beachy, I hope he works out. He was such a promising young talent. But two TJ’s back to back can end careers really quick.
If Michael Morse happens to read this website, I just want to remind him that Nationals fans still love him.
Anybody still think we can make more trades?
Love how the Dodgers have become the majors discount pawn broker.
So how much money have the Dodgers taken on in commitments this year? Webb, Morse, Arroyo, and more.
Dodgers are making the old Yankees look like the sisters of the poor.
LA has so much money they’d trade for Ryan Howard just for the chance to buy him out. If you’re stuck in debt, call Friedman and Co., they should set up their own agency.