Dodgers select contract of RHP Nate Jones

May 21st, 2021

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Nate Jones and optioned outfielder Luke Raley. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated Travis Blankenhorn for assignment.

Jones, 35, was signed by the Dodgers as a minor league free agent on May 14 and appeared in three games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing four runs on five hits in 3.0 innings. The 10-year Major League veteran began the season with Atlanta, appearing in 12 games, posting an 0-2 record with a 3.48 ERA (6 ER/10.1 IP) and seven strikeouts. In his 10-year career with Chicago (2012-2019), Cincinnati (2020) and Atlanta (2021), he is a combined 22-16 with nine saves and a 3.32 ERA (118 ER/320.1 IP). He was originally drafted by the White Sox in the fifth round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of Northern Kentucky University.

Raley, 26, appeared in 23 games for the Dodgers, batting .182 with one double, one homer and two RBI. He made his Major League debut on April 9 against Washington and recorded his first MLB hit on April 14 against Colorado. He was originally acquired by the Dodgers from the Minnesota Twins on February 10, 2020 along with Brusdar Graterol in exchange for Kenta Maeda and minor league Jair Camargo. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2016 First Year Player Draft.


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