The Dodgers appear to have made a Winter Meetings move, but likely not one that you were hoping for. Andrew Friedman and his front office are notorious for taking flyers on players by offering them minor league contracts, and he’s nabbed another.
It was reported by The OC Register’s JP Hoornstra today that the Dodgers are closing in on signing utility player Carlos Asuaje. Asuaje has been a bit of a journeyman since he was drafted by the Red Sox in 2013. His only Major League time was served with the Padres from 2016 to 2018.
Sources: the Dodgers are close to finalizing an agreement with journeyman utility player Carlos Asuaje on a minor-league contract.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) December 11, 2020
Asuaje has spent the last couple of years bouncing around the minor league system and even playing in the Korean Baseball Organization. The Cubs last signed him to a minor-league deal in January before cutting him loose in May. The Dodgers could be looking for depth, or they really could be looking for their Enrique Hernandez replacement.
Asuaje has never quite played to the level that Hernandez did, but his defensive versatility is where his value is found. The Dodgers have made it clear over the years that they prefer players that can play multiple positions, and it has paid off in a huge way.
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