MLB News: Dodgers sign former Phillies, Blue Jays and Guardians outfielder, who drafted him in the first round in 2014

The The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to sign veteran outfielder Bradley Zimmer to a minor league contract. The Blue Jays did not offer Zimmer an offer in November, instead of paying him a projected salary of $1.3 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

Zimmer was a member of three different organizations in 2022, as he was traded from the Guardians to the Blue Jays in April, then reclaimed by the Phillies in August. Toronto reclaimed Zimmer just over a week later, and Zimmer finished the season in a Blue Jays uniform. In a total of 117 plate appearances with Toronto and Philadelphia, Zimmer hit just .124/.207/.229:

This lack of production outweighed the theoretical benefit Zimmer’s left-handed bat brought to the Jays’ extremely right-handed lineup, and he probably wouldn’t have gotten as many at-bats had it not been for some injuries to Toronto’s starting outfielder. However, Zimmer added value off the bench as a pinch runner and continued to provide quality defense.

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Through 1,783 1/3 innings of his MLB career as a center fielder, Zimmer has positive ratings in above average putouts (+10), Defensive Runs Saved (+13) and UZR/150 (+3.6). He was once a top 100 prospect in his days in the Cleveland farm system.

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MLB News: Dodgers sign former Phillies, Blue Jays and Guardians outfielder, who drafted him in the first round in 2014