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Dodgers: Steven Souza Jr Officially Released By Los Angeles

The outfielder heads to a new destination.



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. 

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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 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! 

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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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  1. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We’re almost back to full strength with Corey’s return. Finally!! Now just solve the Bauer thing and lets get er done!

    Best of luck Steven!

    • Maybe the Bellinger thing might be important to look at. I mean, he is not hitting at all……I think that is important.

  2. The Dodger Org gave him a second chance and thats that. You really have to preform at a super high level and that was not in the cards. Sorry pal

    • Look what happened to Muncy and Turner. Other teams did no want them and when they came to the Dodgers they produced. Hope the guy gets another chance with a new team because he can hit.

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