LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers needed to make quite a bit of room on its 40-man roster after their three-team trade with the Braves and Marlins was completed on Thursday, and that came in the form of a flurry of moves.
Mike Morse, Brandon Beachy, Chris Heisey and Chin-hui Tsao were all designated for assignment, and relief pitcher Chris Hatcher was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Morse was part of the trade coming to the Dodgers, so the Dodgers will likely eat the roughly $10.5 million remaining on his deal through next season, unless they can work out some sort of a trade.
Hatcher, as explained previously, is no ineligible to be activated from the DL until Aug. 14 at the earliest. He is currently on a minor league rehab assignment, having pitched three games for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Beachy was slated to start on Thursday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but that start instead went to Randy Fontanez. Beachy, back from 2013 Tommy John surgery, is making $2.75 million this season, and has a $3.5 million club option for 2016. As of now, Beachy's 2016 option has no buyout, but if he pitches two more major league innings this season the buyout becomes $250,000.
Should Beachy clear waivers, the Dodgers could send him outright back to the minors, though with over three years of service time (Beachy has four years, 121 days) he could refuse the assignment and become a free agent.
Bronson Arroyo remains on the 60-day disabled list.
Jose Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and the Dodgers added Mat Latos, Alex Wood, Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan to the 40-man roster.
The Dodgers will need to make four corresponding moves before Friday's game to add that latter quartet to the active roster. Zach Lee is an obvious candidate since he no longer has a rotation spot, with Mike Bolsinger in the same boat. Yimi Garcia was the last man up in the bullpen, so he's a candidate as well to be optioned on Friday. We will find out those moves tomorrow.