The Dodgers are heading into the All-Star break with the second-best record in all of MLB. Despite a heavy dose of injuries and underperformance from key players, Los Angeles found a way to piece together 56 wins in the first half.
Part of the way that Andrew Friedman was able to do that was by signing veteran players to minor league deals. One of those guys that the Dodgers scooped up that ended up playing a role was Steven Souza Jr. LA basically talked him out of retirement and he got his chance to play for the big league team with injuries mounting.
In 13 games with the Dodgers, Souza slashed .160/.250/.360 with 1 homerun and 2 runs driven in. He certainly didn’t put up the stat line that fans in Los Angeles were hoping for, but he was part of at least 1 big win over Arizona.
The Dodgers designated Souza Jr for assignment last week in the move that brought up Jake Reed. With more than 3 years of MLB service time under his belt, Souza would have had to accept a minor league assignment to stay with Los Angeles.
It flew under the radar a little bit today, but the #dodgers released Steven Souza Jr.
He had been DFA’d last week to clear room on the roster for Jake Reed.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) July 12, 2021
It appears he did not accept that assignment as he was released on Sunday afternoon. The Dodgers did not officially make an announcement regarding the release, but Souza’s name did come up under the release portion of MLB transactions for the day.
Best of luck wherever you go, Steven!