The Los Angeles Dodgers may not be making the moves we all expected, but their minor league affiliates are doing what they can to improve.
Dodgers insider Fabian Ardaya reports that the Dodgers have signed outfielder Bradley Zimmer to a minor league contract.
Dodgers are signing outfielder Bradley Zimmer to a minor league deal, source tells The Athletic.
The 30-year-old center fielder has big league time with Cleveland, Toronto and Philadelphia.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) December 18, 2022
Zimmer is a six-year veteran who was a member of three different teams in 2022. Zimmer was a member of the Cleveland Guardians at the start of the season and was then traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in April. He was then waived by the Blue Jays and claimed off waivers by the Phillies in August.
The 30-year-old slashed .124/.207/.229 with a .436 OPS in 109 games and 105 ABs. The Blue Jays chose to non-tender Zimmer in November rather than paying him a $1.3 million salary.
The California native is a former first-round pick by the then-Cleveland Indians in 2014 and debuted in the majors in 2017.
Although he was chosen highly in the draft, Zimmer could never find his groove in the majors as his best season came in this first year, playing in 101 games and slashing .241/.307/.385 with a .692 OPS and hitting for eight home runs and 39 RBIs.
There is a shot that Zimmer can fill a role at the major league level considering L.A. could use an extra hand in the outfield.
That all depends on how aggressive the Dodgers may or may not be in pursuing a trade for an outfielder.
Hopefully, Bradley can find success in the Dodgers organization. We wish him the best and welcome.
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