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Dodgers Release Veteran Utility Man After Surprising Struggles

The Los Angeles Dodgers have released a struggling veteran utility man.

On Tuesday, they released infielder Kevin Padlo from his minor league contract.

Padlo, 27, has struggled in the minor leagues after an impressive spring training. In 47 games at Triple-A this season, Padlo slashed .216/.340/.380 with six home runs and 29 RBIs.

Padlo is a journeyman infielder who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. He made his MLB debut in 2021, and bounced around the league, playing with the Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Los Angeles Angels.

Padlo has appeared in just 26 games at the MLB level in his career, and is slashing .111/.158/.167 with three doubles, three RBIs, and an OPS of .325.

In his Triple-A career, he’s slashing .247/.347/.451 with 60 home runs and 215 RBIs in 356 games.

While Padlo was released, outfielder Ryan Ward is now back with Triple-A Oklahoma City after spending three weeks on the injured list.

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.


  1. True, but he can’t hit to save his life, three years running now,. He is a liability in the batters box, most likely to strikeout. He needs a change to totally reset and prove he has value, just not with us. Packager him in a deal with Lux and prospects at the deadline, eat half of what he is owed him and get Adames from the Brewers before they lose him to Free Agency this year. If CT3 turns it around somewhere else, I will be happy for him. If not, there is a;ways Japan or independent ball somewhere…

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