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Justin Sellers' four-year run as an Albuquerque Isotope has come to an end.

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded the shortstop to the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations on Sunday.

Sellers, 28, was designated for assignment last week when the Dodgers signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who also profiles as a glove-first player.

A one-time resident of the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho, Sellers was drafted in the sixth round in 2005 by the Oakland A's. He was traded to the Cubs in February 2009 and then had his contract purchased by the Dodgers that April.

Sellers debuted with the Isotopes early in the 2010 season, batting .285/.371/.497 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 90 games. He hit even better in 89 games in 2011 (.304/.400/.537, 14 HR, 49 RBI) to earn his first big-league call-up.

In the Majors, Sellers struggled to repeat his Triple-A hitting stats. He would appear in 82 games with the Dodgers from 2011-13, batting just .199/.278/.301 with three homers and 17 RBI.

Sellers only appeared in two games with Albuquerque in 2012, missing most of that season after injuring his back when he dove into the stands chasing a foul ball in Los Angeles.

He was the Dodgers' opening day shortstop this past season, but was sent back to Albuquerque in May and ended up spending the rest of the year with the Isotopes, batting .270/.326/.429 with six homers and 65 RBI in 89 games.

With Sellers gone, it remains to be seen who will be the primary shortstop in Albuquerque this season. Much of the Isotopes' infield alignment will be determined after the Dodgers decide upon a second baseman out of a scrum of players that includes Alex Guerrero, Dee Gordon, Chone Figgins, Justin Turner and Miguel Rojas.

Notes

  • The Dodgers signed two pitchers out of a tryout camp last week. Right-hander Steve Edlefsen, 28, has spent the bulk of the last three seasons at Fresno (Giants) and could crack the Isotopes' roster. Edlefsen went 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 27 games with San Francisco from 2011-12. He was 2-2 with a 6.28 ERA in 47 games with Fresno this past season and has a career mark of 17-11, 4.13 with nine saves in 185 Triple-A games, all in relief.
  • The Isotopes have released their promotions schedule for the upcoming season. There will be 14 fireworks shows, three 50-cent hot dog nights and of course the popular Dukes Retro Night (July 19).
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