Elian Herrera, whose entire stamp on Dodgers history will consist of 222 plate appearances over the past two seasons (all but eight of which came in 2012), was claimed off waivers today by the Milwaukee Brewers. A utility man who managed to log time at six different positions during his brief time in the majors, Herrera had a decent season this year at Triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .282 with a .367 on-base percentage, 13 doubles and seven home runs in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He has a lifetime major league average of .251, but he appeared in just four games over three brief callups in 2013, and it became apparent he wasn’t in the organization’s plans when he wasn’t included in the Dodgers’ September roster expansion despite the fact he was on the 40-man roster.
The move leaves 32 players on the 40-man roster, which means the Dodgers can use up to eight spots to protect minor league prospects in advance of next month’s Rule 5 draft. The deadline for adding those players to the 40-man is next Monday.