This off-season has been fairly quiet in general, but especially for the Dodgers. The ending of the Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes really put a damper on the hype, but have no fear. The Dodgers have selected a player in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft!
On Thursday, Los Angeles selected Angelo Mora from the Orioles.
Dodgers, with a full 40-man roster, did not lose any player in the Rule 5 Draft. In the Triple-A phase, they took infielder Angelo Mora from Baltimore.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 14, 2017
Angelo Mora was signed by the Phillies in 2011 and was with them for seven years before signing with the Orioles in November of this year. The 24-year old infielder spent 2017 in both double-A and triple-A. Mora put up a combined slash line of .291/.334/.435 and hit nine home runs in 2017.
According to Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA.com:
The Dodgers paid $24,000 to Baltimore for the selection of Mora.
The Dodgers don’t have a glaring need for an infielder, though I suppose a team can never have enough back-ups and depth. Los Angeles did lose Chase Utley to free agency, which leaves Logan Forsythe all alone at second base. With that said, the Dodgers have plenty of internal infield options such as Austin Barnes, Charlie Culberson, Chris Taylor, and Kiké Hernandez, just to name a few.
We will have to just wait and see if Mora is able to work his way up the ranks and see time in the majors next season.
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