The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed Mike Baxter of the Mets off waivers Thursday. In a corresponding move, the team designated outfielder Alex Castellanos for assignment.
Baxter, 28, hit a dismal .189/.303/.250 in 74 games with New York this season, but put up significantly better numbers in 2012, when he slashed .263/.365/.413 with three home runs in 211 plate appearances.
The Dodgers’ Castellanos, 27, has only appeared in two dozen big league games with the Dodgers, but has seen significant action in Triple-A. In 199 games with Triple-A Albuquerque, hit .321 with 36 home runs and 113 RBIs. He was acquired in the trade that sent Rafael Furcal and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals, who drafted Castellanos in the tenth round of the 2008 MLB Draft.
While the Dodgers are currently in the National League Championship Series, the Mets finished 74-88 for the second consecutive year. The organization is keeping an eye on 2014 and 2015 as prime opportunities to return the franchise to respect after several disappointing seasons and failed free agent signings.