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Dodgers Acquire Kristopher Negron from the Seattle Mariners

Negron is expected to be added to the roster to replace Kiké Hernandez.

The Dodgers have acquired IF/OF Kristopher Negrón from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder Daniel Castro.

While Negrón has played only 19 games at shortstop in his big league career, he has added another 592 games in his minor league career. The hand/wrist injury to Kiké Hernandez, and his upcoming placement on the injured list put the Dodgers in a position to look outside the organization to add someone capable of playing shortstop.

Negrón, 33, has been in the league since 2012 as a utility player with the Reds and Diamondbacks. He has a career triple slash line of .216/.289/.328 and a 72 wRC+ in 139 games. In 2019, he’s posted just a 36 wRC+ in 23 plate appearances for the Mariners.

He is not the greatest option to play major innings, but he will play a role as a backup utility infielder, and safety net for the oft-injured Corey Seager until the return of Hernandez or Chris Taylor, who is on the IL with a fractured wrist. Negrón’s roster spot is far from safe for the long haul.

Castro, 26, is a utility infielder who saw a lot of time with the Dodgers during spring training this season. With Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2019, he batted .241 in 45 games, while posting a well below average 48 wRC+. He most recently saw big league time in 2018 with the Colorado Rockies where he posted an OPS of .452 in 18 games.

Negron is expected to be added to the active roster on Monday while Kiké Hernandez is placed on the 10-day IL

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. I must start drinking earlier. I used to think management was smarter, they are in off season. But they are idiots at this time of year. It’s ” I can’t see the forest because of the trees”.

  2. Wow, I am really excited! The FO picked up two players who are both hitting below .230 and who’s stats over their careers are to be gracious, underwhelming. Can’t wait to see if they land a new reliever with a couple dozen blown saves and an era north of 7.

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