The Dodgers have made their first player signing since retaining Chris Taylor on a 4-year deal. While it hasn’t been their fault that they haven’t made any more moves (e.g., Freddie Freeman), they weren’t very active beforehand either. Well, they’re showing some activity now as they recently made a signing that no one saw coming.
The Dodgers have signed catcher Tomas Telis to a minor league contract according to MiLB Transactions on Twitter. The deal has been made official on the Dodgers’ transaction list. Because this is a minor league signing, it isn’t affected by the current lockout across MLB.
#Dodgers have signed C Tomas Telis to a minor league contract.
— MiLB-Transactions (@tombaseball29) December 22, 2021
Telis, who spent last season with the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate, is a career .296 hitter in the minor leagues. He last spent time in the Major League with the Miami Marlins during the 2018 season where he hit .207 with 1 RBI in 23 games. He’s spent part of 5 MLB seasons with the Marlins and the Texas Rangers, with who he debuted back in 2014. The 30-year old catcher holds a career .230/.267/.297 slash line with 1 home run and 24 RBI in 122 Major League games.
The singing of Telis is likely one to add depth at the backstop position in the Dodgers’ system. They are currently set behind the plate with Will Smith, who isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and veteran Austin Barnes. Still, Telis could provide the Dodgers with an option at the Major League level in the case of injury.