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2015 Dodgers review: Ryan Lavarnway

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A look back at the 2015 season for Ryan Lavarnway, who was on the Dodgers' 40-man roster for five days in December 2014.

What went right

The Dodgers claimed Lavarnway off waivers from the Red Sox on Dec. 5, 2014, with Lavarnway replacing Drew Butera as the third catcher on the 40-man roster.

But five days later the Dodgers made their three-team trade with the Marlins and Angels, with catcher Austin Barnes, with options, as part of the return coming to Los Angeles. Lavarnway, with no options, was designated for assignment on Dec. 10 to clear room on the 40-man roster.

On Dec. 19, the Cubs claimed Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers, continuing a busy transactional period for the catcher.

What went wrong

Lavarnway was on the Cubs' 40-man roster for all of four days, claimed off waivers again by the Orioles on Dec. 23. In January, he was designated for assignment by Baltimore but this time he cleared waivers, and was sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk, with an invitation to spring training.

The Orioles added Lavarnway to the active roster on opening day, and he stayed on the major league team until the end of May, going 3-for-28 with a double and four walks.

Designated for assignment on May 26, Lavarnway was sent outright again to Triple-A on May 29 by Baltimore, only this time he declined the assignment and became a free agent. Lavarnway caught on with the Braves one day later on a minor league deal, then was called back up to the majors with Atlanta on June 15.

Designated for assignment on May 26, Lavarnway was sent outright again to Triple-A on May 29 by Baltimore, only this time he declined the assignment and became a free agent. Lavarnway caught on with the Braves one day later on a minor league deal, then was called back up to the majors with Atlanta on June 15.

Lavarnway hit .227/.311/.394 in 27 games for the Braves, starting 17 games behind the plate. He was sent outright to Triple-A Gwinnett after the season.

So from November 2014 through the end of the 2015 season, Lavarnway was on the 40-man roster of five different teams, and was placed on outright waivers six different times.

2015 particulars

Age: 27

Stats: .191/.283/.319 in 37 games with Baltimore and Atlanta

Salary: unknown

Game of the year

Lavarnway was 2-for-3 with a double for Atlanta against the Cardinals in the last game of the season, on Oct. 4.

Roster status

Lavarnway has a non-roster invitation to spring training in 2016 with the Braves.