Rays Acquire Xavier Cedeno
The Rays have acquired Xavier Cedeno from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations.
Cedeno, who joined the Dodgers last week following a trade with the Nationals, is a small southpaw with limited big-league success. Though he’s appeared 77 times in the majors, he hasn’t pitched in more than 20 big-league games in a season since 2012. His 5.24 career ERA is unimpressive, however, he has posted a 2.25 strikeout-to-walk rate and held lefties to a sub-.700 OPS.
Predictably, Cedeno doesn’t have overpowering stuff. He pitches off a mid-to-upper-80s cutter, the break of which he’ll manipulate depending on the desired effect. His other main pitch is a curveball that he uses as a chase pitch. To Cedeno’s credit, he shows some feel for deception. He has a short arm action and will vary his arm slot (between high three-quarters and low three-quarters) and leg kick based on the situation. There’s enough here to think Cedeno can fit in as a second lefty, thereby replacing Jeff Beliveau.
Cedeno is out of options, meaning he has to be added to the 25-man roster or otherwise hit the waiver wire again. So someone, likely Everett Teaford or Matt Andriese, will head to the minors. The Rays cleared a 40-man roster spot by transferring John Jaso to the 60-day disabled list.