Saturday January 10th, 2015

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena has cleared waivers and been sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City, the team reported on Friday afternoon.

The Dodgers signed the Cuban shortstop to a five-year, $25 million contract in February, paying the 24-year-old a $7.5 million signing bonus. Arruebarrena leaves the team set to make $16 million in the remaining four years of the deal.

In 22 games in 2014, Arruebarrena made 41 plate appearances, collecting eight hits and striking out 17 times. He recorded a .195 batting average with a .244 on-base percentage and a .220 slugging percentage.

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Playing for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, Arruebarrena hit .375 in six games.

Los Angeles designated Arruebarrena for assignment on Dec. 31 in order to make room on the team's 40-man roster to sign left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson. Anderson and the Dogers reportedly inked a one-year deal for $10 million.

The Dodgers also announced Friday that the team had invited Arruebarrena to attend spring training this year. Pitchers and catchers for the Dodgers report on Feb. 19, with position players following on Feb. 24.

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The Dodgers ended the 2014 season with a 94-68 record, finishing first in the NL West before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Divisional Series.

- Christopher Woody

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