PEORIA, Ariz. -- Trayvon Robinson was riding the team bus in New Orleans last July when his cell phone rang. The caller was DeJon Watson, the Los Angeles Dodgers' assistant general manager.
"I've got good news and bad news," Watson said. "You've been traded to the Boston Red Sox."
"What's the good news?" Robinson replied.
The Red Sox seldom rebuild. For a prospect, Robinson believed, Boston would be awkward.
As he stewed, he checked Twitter. He kept reading he had been traded to the Seattle Mariners.
The outfielder became annoyed and confused all at once, until Watson called back "six or seven minutes later" to explain the Red Sox had sent him to Seattle, completing the three-way trade in which the Dodgers got catching prospect Tim Federowicz.
Neither Robinson nor Federowicz is expected to start this season in the major leagues. Robinson, speaking before the Dodgers and Mariners played to a 5-5 tie Saturday, said he is happy with Seattle, where rebuilding provides opportunity.
Still, the initial news of the trade "really hurt me," he said. The Crenshaw High alum was hitting .293 with 26 home runs for the Dodgers' triple-A team, one step from taking the field for his hometown team.
"Everything they told me to do, I did it," he said. "I didn't disrespect the uniform.
"I always tried to wear the Dodger jersey the way Jackie Robinson did, with a lot of pride and courage."