While their major league team seems set at the moment following the return of A.J. Ellis and Juan Uribe’s recovery from a hamstring injury, it appears the Los Angeles Dodgers have made an acquisition for depth in the infield.
Earlier this season, the team claimed Carlos Triunfel off waivers from the Seattle Mariners and he spent a day with the team when Hanley Ramirez was out. Now, it appears they have signed another infielder that was previously a Mariner.
According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Dodgers signed a player recently cut by the Chicago White Sox to a minor-league deal:
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 15, 2014
Liddi signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox last November and has spent the entire 2014 season in Triple-A. He was released by the team a few days ago and now seems to have found another home. While the Dodgers are set at first and third base with Adrian Gonzalez and Uribe, respectively, the move is likely for positional depth more than impact.
The 25-year-old spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the Mariners, highlighted by his 38 games in 2012. He is a career .208 hitter in the major leagues, but does have six home runs in 61 games. He will join the Isotopes and could find himself in the big leagues in case any of the corner infielders goes down to injury. He is not on the 40-man roster at the moment, but with the way the Dodgers are susceptible to injury, he could get there in the near future.
This season, he was hitting just .171 in 22 games for the Charlotte Knights. In 76 at-bats, he struck out 27 times and failed to impress the White Sox. With the Isotopes, Liddi could find himself in the mix at first and third.
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