The Dodgers have officially added a right-handed bat to their bench. The Hanser Alberto deal was announced about a week ago, but no official move was made. Alberto had been stuck in his home country on a visa issue and today was his first day in camp with the team.
But the team made the deal official today. According to the Dodgers, they signed Alberto to a one-year contract for $1.6 million for 2022. There is also a team option for the 2023 season valued at $2 million with a $250,000 buyout.
Alberto will join a Dodgers bench that could potentially have a lot of lefty hitters in there. But his ability to play all around the infield, including third base, will play up for Dave Roberts. He hit .270 last season with the Royals with 20 doubles and a pair of homeruns.
As a result, the Dodgers had to make a roster move for Alberto. That ended up being designating Matt Beaty for assignment to clear the roster spot. That means that Beaty can be traded or placed on outright release waivers starting today. The team has 10 days to figure that out.
Beaty played in 120 games for the Dodgers last season. He hit .270 and slugged 7 homeruns in relatively limited playing times, but it was by far the best opportunity he got. Beaty never really got a chance with Los Angeles’ big league club, riding the bench more often than not.
He could potentially be leaving the Dodgers after being drafted in the 12th round way back in 2015.