Dodgers: Edwin Rios Opens Up About the End to His Time With LA

Over the weekend, the Chicago Cubs signed former Dodger infielder Edwin Rios, officially bringing closure to his time in Los Angeles. Rios had played parts of the last four seasons with LA, but struggled to stay healthy and remain a consistent part of the team.

Last year, Rios appeared in just 27 games, before winding up the injured list. Rios was healthy again in September, but never got another chance with the big league club.

On Monday, Rios was at Cubs camp, and spoke to Jorge Castillo of the LA Times about the end of his tenure with the Dodgers. He said that when the team didn’t call him up at the end of last season when he was healthy, it was like getting “punched in the gut.”

It was a little weird when Rios didn’t get a call-up, especially considering the team was so far ahead in the division and had some games to work with. The team definitely could have given him another look to see if he could make an impact on the postseason roster. However, the addition of Joey Gallo as a power-hitting, left-handed bat definitely made a path for Rios much more difficult.

The Dodgers non-tendered Rios earlier in the offseason, and it took him a while to find a new home. But he explained that he wanted to pick the best situation, and clearly, he thinks he’s found it in Chicago.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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