The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed an outfielder.
No, not that outfielder.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the team has agreed to a minor-league deal with Shane Peterson. He will be invited to spring training.
The 30-year-old spent all of 2018 with the San Diego Padres in Triple-A. In 126 games, he slashed .286/.343/.451 with 31 doubles, 11 home runs and 74 RBI. Peterson made his MLB debut in 2013 wit the Oakland Athletics. He also made it back to the big leagues in 2015 with the Milwaukee Brewers and in 2017 with the Tampa Bay Rays.
In his career, he’s played in 125 games and accumulated a .667 OPS in 287 at-bats. Peterson has played all three outfield positions and some first base.
This appears to be a depth move more than anything. The Dodgers recently traded two outfielders and it’s likely that two of their Triple-A mainstays in 2018 (Alex Verdugo, Andrew Toles) are set to be on the Dodgers roster this season.