The Dodgers have acquired IF/OF Kristopher Negrón from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder Daniel Castro.
The Dodgers announced they acquired infielder/outfielder Kristopher Negrón from the Mariners for infielder Daniel Castro.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 29, 2019
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