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Dodgers Designate Matt Beaty For Assignment, Sign Hanser Alberto

The Dodgers have officially added a right-handed bat to their bench. The Hanser Alberto deal was announced about a week ago, but no official move was made. Alberto had been stuck in his home country on a visa issue and today was his first day in camp with the team. 

But the team made the deal official today. According to the Dodgers, they signed Alberto to a one-year contract for $1.6 million for 2022. There is also a team option for the 2023 season valued at $2 million with a $250,000 buyout. 

Alberto will join a Dodgers bench that could potentially have a lot of lefty hitters in there. But his ability to play all around the infield, including third base, will play up for Dave Roberts. He hit .270 last season with the Royals with 20 doubles and a pair of homeruns.

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As a result, the Dodgers had to make a roster move for Alberto. That ended up being designating Matt Beaty for assignment to clear the roster spot. That means that Beaty can be traded or placed on outright release waivers starting today. The team has 10 days to figure that out. 

Beaty played in 120 games for the Dodgers last season. He hit .270 and slugged 7 homeruns in relatively limited playing times, but it was by far the best opportunity he got. Beaty never really got a chance with Los Angeles’ big league club, riding the bench more often than not.

He could potentially be leaving the Dodgers after being drafted in the 12th round way back in 2015. 

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  1. All he did was produced when called up and yet they almost never called upon, Wonder what that was about. Maybe he’ll get a chance to play someplace else.

    1. This is crazy. He is an above-average major league hitter. Surely there is a better way to free up a spot on the 40 man roster.

    2. Really is sad. Roberts seemed to have a reason for not utilizing Beaty, but we will never know why. I believe he just disliked him for some unknown reason. I try to think well of Roberts, but find it damn near impossible to do. Once he gets his extension he will have a real God complex.

  2. Too bad. Decent hitter with the big RBI game last year. I think Matt just could never get a solid chance because his glove was pretty much below average in both RF and 1B. With Rios coming back, with a LOT more pop; and Freeman, Muncy, and Bellinger all able to play above average defense at first, he was the odd man out. Someone will need him, though.

  3. I wish the Dodgers could have put Beaty with another player (or players) and in return got a starting pitcher. I think this is best for Matt. The man can hit !!!!!!

  4. It’s better for him because the guy can hit and will play regularly somewhere else. It’s like Ross Stripling and Kyle Farmer; good players but not quite there for a loaded Dodger team. Best of luck Matt.

  5. They should have dfa’d Bellinger- he is a total waste should be used only as a pinch runner or defense

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