The Dodgers will head into Spring Training with more weapons in their lineup than ever before. Highlighted by Mookie Betts in the outfield, Los Angeles’ roster is full of potential competition for key spots.
One of the biggest battles for spots on the team will be as a bench player. The Dodgers signed another option there today, scooping up Matt Davidson on a minor league deal. That deal was reported earlier today by Mark Feinsand.
Davidson was the 35th overall pick of the draft in 2009 and became a potential top prospect in the years following. He played 20 games for the Reds last season, tallying 3 homeruns in 34 at-bats. His best years were with the White Sox between 2017 and 2018 when he hit 46 total homeruns in 2 seasons. The Dodgers could be adding some serious pop on the bench should he find his form.
Davidson could potentially be a role player on the Dodgers bench, giving Justin Turner time off of his feet at third base. He can also play first base as well and has even made 6 appearances as a pitcher when needed.
The Dodgers did issue an invitation to Spring Training as part of Davidson’s minor league deal. Los Angeles does lack right-handed-hitting options off of their bench for the moment, with Edwin Rios and Matt Beaty as their two main options. DJ Peters and Sheldon Neuse could potentially make an impact if Davidson is not able to catch on with the team down the stretch.
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