The Dodgers have not been out and about this offseason; in fact, they’ve been relatively quiet. Their biggest signings have been in the pitching department, and neither are earth-shattering moves that Dodger fans had hoped.
One signing that caused significant traction for Dodger fans was when they acquired former All-Star Jason Heyward. Heyward signed with L.A. last week to a minor league deal after struggling on the offensive side of things for the past couple of years.
However, Jack Harris of the L.A. Times reported that the Dodgers believe Heyward has the tools to contribute to the team in the majors.
“Heyward said that during his initial Zoom meetings with the team, club brass identified his bat speed and natural athleticism as tools they liked, building blocks they believe could make Heyward a contributor at the major league level.
“Their work together began this past week, as Heyward flew out to Los Angeles to work out at Dodger Stadium alongside the club’s hitting coaches, Robert Van Scoyoc and Aaron Bates, and strength staff.”
It’s nice to see Heyward getting in some work with his new team. Heyward told Harris he appreciates the training staff working with him as he’s trying to get accustomed to his new setting.
“It almost feels like a walk-through before spring training,” Heyward said. “I’m gonna spend more time with them the rest of the offseason.”
Heyward’s contract includes an invitation to spring training. It’ll be nice to see him don the Dodger blue down in Camelback if they give him a chance.
L.A. needs to fill a hole in the outfield, and if all goes well for the 2016 World Series Champion, then I’m sure he’ll be out there.
What do you expect from Heyward in 2023, Dodger fans?
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