The Dodgers have acquired IF/OF Kristopher Negrón from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder Daniel Castro.
The Dodgers announced they acquired infielder/outfielder Kristopher Negrón from the Mariners for infielder Daniel Castro.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 29, 2019
While Negrón has played only 19 games at shortstop in his big league career, he has added another 592 games in his minor league career. The hand/wrist injury to Kiké Hernandez, and his upcoming placement on the injured list put the Dodgers in a position to look outside the organization to add someone capable of playing shortstop.
Negrón, 33, has been in the league since 2012 as a utility player with the Reds and Diamondbacks. He only has a career 72 wRC+ and just a 36 wRC+ this season in 23 plate appearances for the Mariners.
He is not the greatest option to play major innings, but he will play a role as a backup utility infielder, and safety net for the oft-injured Corey Seager until the return of Hernandez or Chris Taylor, who is on the IL with a fractured wrist. Negrón’s roster spot is far from safe for the long haul.
Castro, 26, is a utility infielder who saw a lot of time with the Dodgers during spring training this season. With Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, he batted .241 in 45 games, while posting a well below average 48 wRC+.
Negron is expected to be added to the active roster on Monday while Kiké Hernandez is placed on the 10-day IL
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