Outfielder Mike Baxter was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets by the Los Angeles Dodgers last October. He came into the spring with little chance of making the Opening Day roster because of the logjam in the Dodgers’ outfield. With Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Scott Van Slyke in the mix, Baxter was expected to be nothing more than minor league depth.
In the spring, he hit .268 in 23 games and due to injuries, made the Opening Day roster in Australia. Baxter spent just four games in Los Angeles and failed to get a hit in eight plate appearances.
Baxter spent the rest of the year in Triple-A with the Albuquerque Isotopes. In 119 games, he hit .289 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs. Baxter would not reach the big leagues again in 2014.
Baxter was the starting left fielder in the Dodgers second game of the season in Australia. Although he went 0-for-4 with a walk, the 29-year-old made the team out of the spring and even got to start. His walk would be the only time he reached base in his short stint.
Baxter will enter the first year of arbitration, meaning he will likely remain with the Dodgers unless he is cut. While there is no room for Baxter on the big-league roster, he could test his luck again with injuries and/or trades in the outfield. If Baxter returns, it will be in Triple-A again.