Ahead of Friday Night Fireworks, the Dodgers put on a pregame show full of entertainment. They made two trades in two separate deals, both for cash considerations.
The biggest move? Catcher Travis d’Arnaud was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays. This news was broken by Tampa Bay Times reporter, Marc Topkin.
d’Arnaud was signed by the Dodgers on May 5 after the Mets released his $3.5 million contract. The Lakewood High School alumnus only made one appearance in a Dodgers uniform — a pinch-hit at-bat on May 9 against the Nationals.
Reports say the Dodgers will likely recall a catcher from their farm system to fill in the empty roster spot.
This spot may be claimed by Rocky Gale. Gale has already seen some time in the big leagues this year, taking the place of Russell Martin during his stint on the injured list. He went 2-for-14 with seven strikeouts.
In their second move of the day, the Dodgers traded outfielder Paulo Orlando to the Chicago White Sox for cash, reported by Bill Plunkett of the OC Register. Orlando spent Spring Training at Camelback Ranch with the team and started the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He appeared in 24 games with a .211 batting average and .394 slugging percentage.
The starting rotation is expected to have some movement soon, in order to give a few of the starters extra rest, as reported by Ken Gurnick. There is no further information on this report.
With mulitple days off coming up, Roberts said the starting rotation could be shuffled to give extra rest to one or two of them.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 10, 2019