Dodgers: Potential Non-Roster Invitee and Minor League Targets
CHRIS JOHNSON, INF
Yes, the former runner-up to the 2013 NL batting title is a minor league free agent after spending the entire year in the Orioles minor league system, where he hit .291 with 11 homers. He is still only 33 and would be a solid pickup to man first base for OKC, or perhaps make the Dodgers out of spring training as a right-handed bat off the bench?
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DUSTIN ACKLEY, UTIL
One-time Mariners prospect, now journeyman Dustin Ackley finds himself as a minor league free agent after spending all of last season with the Angels AAA club. Ackley appeared to have carved out a corner man bench role/left-handed pinch hitter niche until he regressed further in 2016. Ackley, now 30, has a limited window to try and make it back to the majors as a valuable bench player. Maybe he could get that chance with the Dodgers.
EURY PEREZ, OF
Perez has spent 73 games in the majors over 4 seasons and offers speed and outfield defense to an organization. Perez is still only 27, but he is out of options, so he presents limited roster flexibility. He has stolen 355 bases over 11 professional seasons. He would provide a veteran outfielder to fill in when injuries arise or serve as a pinch-runner down the stretch.
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FORREST ALLDAY, OF
Forrestt Allday was drafted by the Red Sox in 2013 and spent last year with the Angels AA team in limited duty where he hit .290 over 91 games. The only reason he is on this list is that I love his name! I’m not advocating the Dodgers invite this guy to spring training, but maybe sign him to a deal to play for AA Tulsa. Imagine if he goes on a hitting streak, can’t you just hear the fans in minor league ballparks screaming “Allday, every day!”? No? Well, I do!