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.
#Dodgers have signed free-agent outfielder Shane Peterson to a minor-league deal with an invitation to MLB spring training, according to a source. Peterson batted .286 with a .793 OPS for #Padres’ Triple A club last season. Plays all three OF positions. Also has experience at 1B.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 2, 2019
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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