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Dodgers Ink First Signing of The New Year

Jul 23, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Shane Peterson (2) singles during the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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As the new year has approached, we wait for more trade/signing news from the Dodgers end. It may not be the Harper or Kluber news you’ve been longing for, but it is something. Announced earlier this morning, Ken Rosenthal reported the Dodgers have signed free agent outfielder Shane Peterson to a minor-league contract.

Shane Peterson has spent time in Oakland, Milwaukee, and Tampa Bay at the major league level. A majority of his time has been at the Triple-A level with multiple different teams. His most recent home being in El Paso, Texas, the San Diego Padres Triple-A club.

In 126 games Peterson held a .286 BA and OPS’d .793 in the 2018 season. The thirty year-old plays all three positions in the outfield and has spent some time at first base as well. Peterson has earned an invitation to Dodgers Spring Training.

We’ve seen similar situations like Peterson’s before. A great example would be Max Muncy. Oakland releases him and the Dodgers pick him up. Muncy began last season in the minors and due to a bevy of Dodger injuries, Muncy made his way up and took the baseball world by storm.

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Written by Tyler Hawk

Currently living in Central California. Life-long Dodgers and Chargers fan.

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    • Only the PCL pitchers will be salivating unless the Dodgers have a plethora of injuries to OF’ers. The Dodgers lost a large number of minor leaguers to free agency after last season and the AAA roster needs to be rebuilt.

      • All true, SoCal, as he will fill a minor league roster spot at the outset. Just that it is a minor signing and one that does not figure to help the big club at all at the outset of 2019

  1. Sounds like another utility, bench, platoon player. Or the question is…who will he be replacing?

  2. A little curious how a .286 hitter can’t seem to find a spot on even the Padres roster. Sample size isn’t THAT small either. Definitely worth taking a chance on him.

    • Yeah I agree, George. .286 isn’t bad, but the Padres farm system is loaded and it is difficult to move up in. I guess you can say the same thing about the Dodgers system as well. Hope nothing but the best for Peterson.

  3. Wow. So crazy, all these geniuses who think they’re smarter than Friedman. How many guys has he picked up like this that have contributed. Max Muncy anyone? Two WS in a row! Smdh.

  4. Does 2 WS in a row mean anything to you geniuses? How many serviceable guys has Friedman picked up? Unbelievable how clueless some people are.

    • Most of us have seen that yes, back to back WS appearances and Dodgers have done this in the past before. But what most have also seen are 2 WS losses in a row AT HOME IN DS. Players of course did not perform in these 2 WS but neither did the field manager and FO in their lineup decisions and game managing. before anything else is said we also know this was a minor transaction to fill the AAA roster as several minor league players became FA’s

      • Exactly. All this platooning and match up management has only led to two SECOND place finishes. If you’re happy with that then you’re as clueless as our manager and front office. We could have got Verlander but noooo we opted for Darvish who sucked be not once BUT TWICE. To put him back on the mound in a game 7 was idiitic

  5. Calm down men! This is only news because nothing else is happening. This is simply a move to add to the AAA club and provide some depth. I’d say the roster is being built from the inside out, we’d all like to see the big moves made first and then tinker around the edges but no matter what order it happens this is just a minor move. Look for some more bigger dominoes to fall in the next 3 or 4 days.

    • well said.. I think they needed some minor league depth after the last 2 seasons trades. The mentioned dominoes may be falling over 3 to 4 weeks not days in my opinion

      • Happy New Year NorCal. while it’s true the minor league teams need to replace those minor leaguers who became FA’s most here are hoping an impact signing and or trade takes place soon to address the big club’s needs. Losing back to back WS in their home park is a little tough to swallow.

        • It took 3 years for them to get back and win it all after B2B WS losses to Yankees in 77 & 78. Its not a cliche to say getting there is quite the accomplishment. Houston wins in Game 7 of an incredibly played series and last year Boston seemed the cream from about halfway through the season. There were mistakes all around and unexpected surprises that made huge impacts, but once there the FO has done the job we asked of them IMO.

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