At the end of the day, you have to remember that big-league teams are very much a business. And sometimes decisions that are made cannot be taken too personally, especially in a cut-throat industry like Major League Baseball. But generally speaking, the Dodgers do a pretty good job of taking care of their players.
But when Matt Beaty got designated for assignment on Wednesday afternoon, you could feel a little of the sadness from fans. Beaty wasn’t a starter for the Dodgers nor did he have an exceptional role with the team.
But his kind demeanor and the way that he went about paying won over a lot of fans in Los Angeles. A 300 hitter at the minor league level, Beaty never got a real opportunity with the Dodgers. He would constantly slide into a bench role and rarely got a runway to do anything with his talent.
Dave Roberts explained the decision to cut ties with Beaty after their Spring game against the Guardians.
“If you look at the construction of our roster, the runway he potentially would get, it just wasn’t going to happen for him here with us.”
Beaty earned just 116 starts as a member of the Dodgers. Most of his appearances came via pinch-hit roles, where he hit just .222 in 135 plate appearances. Interestingly enough, Doc often pointed to his value off of the bench versus as a starter. When he did start games for the Dodgers though, Beaty slashed .275/.335/.440 and excelled.
But the opportunity seemingly was not there. The Dodgers added in Hanser Alberto, a much-needed righty bat off of the bench. The addition of a few prospects onto the 40-man for this season made it that much more difficult to keep him around.
But now, Beaty should get his chance. The Dodgers can trade him or place him on waivers, and he should get a shot at a real big-league opportunity with another team. Best of luck Matt, you were one of the good ones.