With free agency off to a slow start for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the organization signed four players to minor league deals. Pitchers Juan Gonzalez and Justin Souza along with catcher J.C. Boscan and infielder/outfielder Jamie Romak all inked deals.
Boscan is the only one to get an invite to Spring Training while Romak has a July 1 opt-out. Matt Eddy of Baseball America confirmed the first three signings while Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com broke the Romak signing:
#Dodgers sign minor league free agent RHPs Juan Gonzalez & Justin Souza and C J.C. Boscan.
— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) November 15, 2013
Dodgers signed 1B/OF Jamie Romak to a minor league deal. July 1 opt-out.
— timdierkes (@timdierkes) November 15, 2013
Romak signed yesterday as the 28-year-old has been with four organizations, most recently with the St. Louis Cardinals and hit 22 home runs with 74 RBI last season with Triple A Memphis. The Dodgers like players with versatility and Romak’s ability to play first base and outfield is what likely drew them to him.
Gonzalez had been with the Rockies organization since he was drafted when he was 17 and with Double A Tulsa, he went 4-3 with a 2.14 ERA and 6.6 KK/BB ratio. Meanwhile, Souza has been in the minor leagues for the past eight seasons, making it as high as Triple A with three different organizations.
In 12 games at Triple A Toledo, Souza was 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA and thus was demoted back down to Double A Erie. Lastly, Boscan is a 34-year-old career minor leaguer who’s spent 17 years in the minor leagues with four different organizations. However, in 2010, Boscan got the call to the big leagues and has played in a total of 17 games.
Unless something drastic happens, none of these four players will make their way to the big league level, but the Dodgers are adding to their organizational depth early in the off-season.
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