For the Los Angeles Dodgers, there’s no such thing as too much depth. With that in mind, the club has reportedly added former Cardinals prospect and one time AL Rookie of the Year hopeful Oscar Mercado to a minor league deal.
Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors was the first to report the move on Twitter on Saturday morning.
Mercado was signed as a second round pick by the Cardinals in the 2013 MLB draft. He eventually made his way to the Cleveland Guardians where he debuted in 2019 and finished eighth in AL ROY honors with a 15 home run season over 115 games. Former Dodger prospect Yordan Alvarez finished first that year…
The now 28-year-old Mercado has bounced around a little since then. He spent parts of four seasons in Cleveland and has seen big league time with the Philadelphia Phillies and even back with his original team, the St. Louis Cardinals for 20 games this season.
Mercado recently inked a minor league pact with the San Diego Padres but opted out of that deal earlier this week.
The journeyman will join the Triple-A Oklahoma City club where he’ll add depth to the roster and for the major league team, if catastrophe strikes.
In 298 games over parts of five seasons, Mercado owns a .237/.289/.388 triple slash line with 26 home runs and 100 runs batted in.
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