LOS ANGELES — A testament to the adage that you can never have enough outfield depth, the Dodgers on Wednesday acquired Brett Eibner from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league infielder Jordan Tarsovich.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated pitcher Carlos Frias for assignment. The right-hander was sidelined the final three months of 2016 with a strained right oblique.
Eibner joins a crowded pack of outfielders on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, along with Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Darin Ruf, Scott Van Slyke, Trayce Thompson and Andrew Toles, plus utility man Kiké Hernandez.
Eibner, now 28, hit .289/.394/.528 with 12 home runs in 54 games in Triple-A in 2016, and also made his major league debut. In 70 games with the Royals and A’s, the right-handed Eibner hit .193/.266/.353 with six home runs and 10 doubles in 208 plate appearances.
He gives the Dodgers someone who can play all three outfield positions and, as a two-way player in college, he has a good arm. Eibner has 121 days of major league service time and two option years remaining, having used one option in 2016.
Eibner was a teammate of fellow new Dodger Logan Forsythe at the University of Arkansas in 2008, a team that also had old friends Mike Bolsinger and Andy Wilkins as well as pitchers Dallas Keuchel and Drew Smyly.
The Dodgers drafted Tarsovich in the 22nd round in 2015 out of Virginia Military Institute. He hit .221/.325/.371 in 90 games between Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa in 2016, playing mostly third base and second base, with some shortstop.
Tarsovich turns 26 in June.