LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday released Chris Heisey, ending the outfielder's tenure with the organization, the club announced. He was designated for assignment on July 30 to make room on the 40-man roster after the Dodgers' three-team, 13-player trade with the Marlins and Braves.
Heisey was emblematic of the Dodgers using their financial resources to keep major-league-ready depth on hand in Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 30-year-old outfielder was acquired from the Reds last Dec. 2 for pitcher Matt Magill, then avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.16 million deal.
Heisey had four major league stints with the Dodgers this season, going 4-for-26 (.154) with a double in 17 games, but also walked eight times for a .353 on-base percentage. He started three games in center field and left field, and two games in right field.
The first three times he was optioned this season he had fewer than five full years of major league service time, and could not refuse any assignment to the minors. He consented to the minor league assignment the fourth time he was optioned, which came on June 18, after he had surpassed the five-year mark in service time.
Heisey hit .236/.355/.481 with 14 home runs (one shy of the team lead) and 33 walks in 63 games for Oklahoma City, with 50 starts in center field, three in right field, one in left field, and five at designated hitter.