In some ways, Edwin Rios’s time on the Dodgers wasn’t all that long or eventful. He had just 291 career plate appearances with the big-league club, with a .219 batting average and a 109 OPS+. On the other hand, he was drafted by LA nearly eight years ago, he played with Los Angeles in four straight seasons, and he hit two home runs in the 2020 NLCS on the way to earning himself a World Series ring.
His time with the Dodgers ended in November when the team decided to non-tender him, and that ending became official on Friday when he signed with the Cubs. And despite the relatively short tenure in LA, Rios shared a heartfelt thanks to Dodger fans on social media.
Rios has some of the best raw power in baseball, and he’s shown it often in the minors and quite a bit in the majors, too. A shoulder injury in 2021 derailed his season, and a hamstring injury did the same in 2022. Throw in the fact that he was kind of a man without a position in LA, and it made sense for the Dodgers to cut him loose and let him catch on with a team where he’ll have a better chance at regular at-bats.
Rios is a fan favorite in Los Angeles, and we wish him nothing but the best in Chicago except when they’re playing the Dodgers (and extra luck when the Cubs are playing any other NL West team).
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