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Dodgers News: Los Angeles Claims Chris Heston, Mike Freeman

Apr 12, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Mike Freeman (6) runs the bases after hitting a solo-home run against the Houston Astros during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers added the underutilized Chris Taylor from the Mariners. Apparently they’ve decided to go back to that well.

Los Angeles added two 29-year-old former Mariners Friday in Mike Freeman and Chris Heston. The team moved Andrew Toles and Scott Kazmir to the 60-day DL to clear space.

Freeman is a minor league mainstay. He’s slashed .316/.378/.427 over his Triple-A career, but hasn’t made an impact during his MLB stints. Unsurprisingly, Freeman is a versatile defender. He’s quality insurance if several key infielders go down.

Heston is a name Dodgers fan should be familiar with having come up with San Francisco. After a successful rookie year, his career has taken a nosedive. He’s been relatively successful in Triple-A, but outside a no-hitter in 2015, Heston’s shown limited promise in the MLB. Still, L.A. has an affinity for getting the best out of project pitchers. Heston has shown the ability to be an acceptable backend starter.

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Written by Gabe Burns

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