DODGERS ACQUIRE LHP GARRETT CLEAVINGER
December 31, 2020
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired left-hander pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-way exchange with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. The Dodgers will send minor league infielder Dillon Paulson and a player to be named later or cash considerations to Tampa Bay, while the Rays will send left-handed pitcher José Alvarado to Philadelphia to complete the transaction.
Cleavinger, 26, made his Major League debut last season for the Phillies, tossing 0.2 innings with one strikeout on September 17 against the Mets. In five minor league seasons with the Phillies, he posted a 19-12 record with a 4.08 ERA (100 ER/220.1 IP) and 294 strikeouts in 140 games. He spent all of 2019 with Double-A Reading, appearing in 34 games, striking out 83 batters in 51.2 innings, while recording a 3-2 record. He was originally drafted in the third round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oregon. In three seasons with the Ducks, he went 18-4 with a 1.94 ERA (25 ER/116.0 IP) and 172 strikeouts against 59 walks, including Freshman All-America honors after going 9-0 with a 1.24 ERA in 37 relief appearances.
Paulson, 23, played in 175 minor league games for the Dodgers, batting a combined .253 (162-for-640) with 26 homers and 125 RBI. In 2019, he split the season between Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga, batting .243 (101-for-416) with 16 homers and 64 RBI. He was originally drafted in the 13th round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Southern California.