Fans will have to continue waiting for a splash play this off-season. Keeping in line with the conservative approach we’ve seen all winter, the Dodgers have signed minor league outfielder James Jones to a minor league deal.
#Dodgers have signed OF James Jones to a minor league contract.
— MiLB-Transactions (@tombaseball29) December 16, 2022
Jones’ last appearance in the majors came in 2015 as he spent two seasons with the Mariners accumulating 81 hits in 136 games (.238 batting average). Since then, he has bounced around the minor league circuit and appeared on three teams in 2022.
While Jones has been known as an outfielder, he’s more recently tried to establish himself as a pitcher. The 33-year-old owns a career 4.48 ERA in the minors and a 9-4 record in 142.2 innings pitched. His last season batting came in 2018.
The left-hander has pitched in the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rican Winter League this offseason.
The Dodgers continue to add to their depth and continue signing low-risk deals. Saving money this late into the off-season has caused them to miss out on every major target in positions of need while also losing proven players on the roster.
A reset seems inevitable but fans will have to wait until the regular season in any case the team decides to make a big deadline move. While the Dodgers have been known to make such decisions, as it goes now the team will roll with no true centerfield, Gavin Lux at shortstop and a thin pitching staff with players still coming off of injury.
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