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Dodgers News: Infielder Sheldon Neuse Designated for Assignment



In a roster move announced on Wednesday, the Dodgers designated infielder Sheldon Neuse for assignment. The move opened up a roster spot for the re-signing of Chris Taylor, who inked a 4-year deal to return to LA.

The Dodgers traded for Neuse last winter, acquiring him from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for reliever Adam Kolarek and a prospect. Minor league pitcher Gus Varland also came to LA in the deal.

In 33 games with the Dodgers, Neuse struggled mightily at the plate, hitting just .169 in 65 at-bats. 4 of his 11 hits went for extra bases. The 26-year-old spent most of his 2021 season at the triple-A level with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. In 78 games with OKC, the right-handed batter his .293 with 13 home runs and 56 runs batted in. 

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  1. Oh no. What’s Dave going to do? He’s slowly losing his .160 hitters. Who’s he going to put in his lineup now?

      • Hi Paul. Yeah, another gem- McKinney! You know, coming into the 2021 season I was extremely optimistic of the Dodgers prospects of getting another ring. Then, Dave happened. And now with losing a couple of FA and probably a few more, I am not feeling too good about the 2022 season. The farm system didn’t produce and basically gave away a couple of top prospects for what is going to be rentals ( I doubt Trea will re-sign especially if he doesn’t lead off or Dave put him someplace other than SS). The dynamics of the starting pitcher is slowly changing in that the amount of innings pitched is declining. I think this year the average is 4.3 innings so despite the fact that I liked Max, he is grossly overpaid although you can usually expect him to go at least 7 innings. If your star starting pitcher is seeking 40+ mill and yet delivering only 4 innings, management be be better off just getting a bunch bullpen arms. You probably wouldn’t even need a designated closer. Gone are the days where your starter has a complete games. The only problem with bullpen games is that you need a creative manager. Also, we need to have a manager who knows how to play situational baseball and manage a lineup. Unfortunately, we have a manager who is a total clown. Wondering why management have not given Dave an extension yet???

  2. Neuse was useless. Maybe he will learn to stretch to take a throw. His blunder helped the Dodger lose that critical game in July that ended up being the difference against the Giants. It wasn’t just the umpire blowing a swinging strike call. Neuse should have had that ball and ended the game right there.

    If the Dodgers had won the division instead of the wild card, I don’t think Scherzer’s arm issue would have been nearly what it was. They weren’t able to set up their pitching as a wild card team, and Scherzer had to be overworked as a result.

    If the last game of the year had not been meaningful, Muncy probably wouldn’t have been at first base to be injured. I think his injury changed the entire course of the Dodgers’ playoffs.

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda……

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