LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will get to keep shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena around for depth. Arruebarrena cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City, the team announced on Friday.
Arruebarrena will be in big league camp in spring training with the Dodgers, as a non-roster invitee.
Arruebarrena, who turns 25 in March, has four years and $16 million remaining on his five-year contract signed in February 2014. The shortstop will make $3 million in 2015, $4 million in each of 2016 and 2017, and $5 million in 2018. Any team that claimed Arruebarrena would have been responsible for the remainder of his salary.
The Dodgers designated Arruebarrena for assignment on Dec. 31 to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Brett Anderson. a General manager Farhan Zaidi said at the time that Arruebarrena's name came up in conversations with three to five teams this offseason.
"It's certainly a possibility he stays in the organization, but it's hard to say. It depends on some of the teams we talked about if they are still looking for infield help," Zaidi explained. "It's really sort of more on those teams than us at this point."
Arruebarrena was 8-for-41 in 22 games with the Dodgers in his rookie campaign, with three walks and 17 strikeouts.