As the Major League season approaches the end of the regular season, management and front offices everywhere have some tough decisions to make in regards to their players and the roster. With the September 40-man roster expansion upon us, the Los Angeles Dodgers made another tough decision today letting go of a player.
It was announced on Friday that the team has released outfielder Chris Heisey. The move comes after he was designated for assignment on July 30, following the Dodgers three-team, 13-player deal with the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers acquired Heisey before the season in a trade that sent pitcher Matt Magill to the Cincinnati Reds. At first, the move was a bit surprising considering the Dodgers had a surplus of outfielders already on the roster. The move was one of the first acquisitions the Dodgers made under Andrew Friedman, the head of baseball operations for the ball club.
While a part of the Dodgers organization, Heisey spent time heading back and forth between Triple-A Oklahoma City and the Dodgers. Heisey had a notable contest in early April in which he had two home runs to lead Triple-A OKC to a victory.
In his tenure with the Dodgers, the five-year veteran appeared in 17 games and 26 plate appearances. Heisey hit .154 with a double, but did manage to have an OBP of .353 thanks to eight walks.
The Pennsylvania native embraced the utility role while with the Dodgers, as he appeared in games in all three outfield positions, most notably in left field. Heisey played his first five Major League seasons with the Reds before being dealt to the Dodgers. For his career, the right-handed hitter is batting .246 with 50 home runs, 147 RBIs, and a .300 OBP.