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Dodgers Sign Free Agent OF Steven Souza Jr. to a Minor League Deal

He was gone, but now he’s back with LA.



The Dodgers had previously designated outfielder Steven Souza Jr for assignment earlier this month. After a handful of games with the big league club, they decided his spot on the 40-man roster would be better filled with an arm. 

Souza had the opportunity to accept a minor league assignment from the team if he wanted to stick around. But it seems as though he either did not want to continue playing or was seeking an opportunity outside of the Dodgers. So they released him rather than sending him to Triple-A. 

But according to their transactions pages, the Dodgers have signed Souza Jr to a minor league deal. The 32-year-old veteran would presumably report to Oklahoma City and continue to play with that team. 

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In 13 games with the Dodgers, Souza slashed .160/.250/.360 with 1 homerun and 2 runs driven in. He drew 2 walks and struck out 10 times in 28 plate appearances. But he filled in at right field when Los Angeles needed players out there due to injuries. 

The Dodgers will keep him around as a depth piece, but also as a potential right-handed bat off of the bench come October. If he can unlock some things at the Triple-A level, Souza could end up being a valuable piece to the team down the stretch. 

The Dodgers have a left-handed Yoshi Tsutsugo and the right-handed Souza Jr as their depth options waiting in OKC. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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