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Ryan Pepiot & Jonny DeLuca bid farewell to Dodgers

Outfielder Jonny DeLuca and pitcher Ryan Pepiot were traded by the Dodgers to the Rays on December 16, 2023 in the deal that brought pitcher Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot to Los Angeles.
Outfielder Jonny DeLuca and pitcher Ryan Pepiot were traded by the Dodgers to the Rays on December 16, 2023 in the deal that brought pitcher Tyler Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot to Los Angeles.
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On Saturday morning the Dodgers finalized their trade with the Rays, acquiring pitcher Glasnow and outfielder Manuel Margot and cash considerations in exchange for pitcher Ryan Pepiot and Jonny DeLuca.

As part of the deal, the Dodgers signed Glasnow to a five-year, $136.5 million contract that replaces the one year and $25 million remaining on his previous contract.

Both Pepiot and DeLuca took to Instagram on Saturday to say goodbye and thank you to the Dodgers. Both were drafted in 2019 by the Dodgers — Pepiot in the third round out of Butler and DeLuca in the 25th round out of Oregon.

“Thank you to the @dodgers organization for everything since 2019. To my teammates, coaches, staff, and everyone in between, thank you for the lifelong friendships made!” Pepiot wrote on Instagram. “I’m excited for this new adventure with the @raysbaseball!”

DeLuca was a local product, born in Thousand Oaks and he played prep baseball at Agoura Hills High School.

He made his major league debut on June 7 in Cincinnati, and six days later played his first game at Dodger Stadium, just 33 miles from his high school.

Thank you for the memories. It’s been an honor to meet such incredible people in the Dodgers organization. Being able to debut and play in my hometown was truly special,” DeLuca wrote. “With that said I’m excited for this new opportunity in Tampa Bay! Let’s ride @raysbaseball”