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Dodgers: Tim Federowicz Announces He Has Re-Signed With Los Angeles

The former Dodgers backstop announced that he’s back!



Tis the season for odds and ends Dodgers signings apparently. Just a few days after the team announced they had signed several arms to minor league deals, it looks like we’re getting another one coming. 

Tim Federowicz took to his Twitter account this morning to announce that he was returning to the Dodgers after a 6-year stint away from the team. Los Angeles has yet to confirm the signing, but it’s safe to assume that Federowicz(or FedEx) is being brought in on a minor league deal as well. 

Federowicz was originally traded to the Dodgers by the Red Sox back in 2011 during a three-team deal. FedEx was called up later that year to make his major league debut with Los Angeles but spent most of the season with their Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate. 

Since he was traded away from the Dodgers in the Matt Kemp deal that sent them to the Padres in 2014, Federowicz has bounced around the big leagues. He signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in 2016, followed by a minor-league deal that offseason with the Giants. Since then, he’s been part of the Astros, Reds, Indians, and Rangers. 

Federowicz provides a little bit of veteran depth for the Dodgers, but the timing is interesting. His signing comes on the same day that it was revealed the team pulled Keibert Ruiz from his Winter League stint down in Venezuela. While there are no active rumors, could a trade be on the horizon? 

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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. Interesting…Thanks for the information.
    Barnes proving his worth as a solid defensive, pitch framing, pitch calling, catcher with some timely offense may have made Ruiz expendable.
    Or the Dodgers may decide not to sign Turner and platoon Will Smith at 3rd with some lefties like Rios, Beaty, Muncy, etc.
    I would love to see the Dodgers bring up Ruiz. Contact making switch-hitting catchers are rare. There could be room on the roster with Barnes. Smith and Ruiz if there is a DH or Smith can platoon at 3rd.

    • Tmax the team already uses Rios and Muncy at 3B when they haven’t really played the position much as professionals so I don’t think Smith as another learn on the fly has much of a future there. Rios – who has shown decently and they need to get his bat in the game – should get the extra games there after Turner is resigned.
      With the combination of Barnes and Smith at catcher I’ll bet Ruiz is traded. As you noted he has a lot of value plus he’s 22 and blocked so now’s the time to do it. The Dodgers will get something of good value in return.

  2. Unless Ruiz was pulled for other reasons such as a Covid diagnosis, it seems very possible that some sort of trade may be in the works. As of now anyway it appears Will Smith and Barnes have the catching duties going forward. Of course if there is a DH, then having 3 catchers on active roster would not be too far fetched but wss.

  3. And now add January to the depth chart, with Carteya right behind him. A trade is eminent…

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