The Dodgers are set to sign an outfielder Bradley Zimmer Minor league contract, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports (via Twitter) The Blue Jays did not claim Zimmer in November, rather than pay him a projected $1.3 million salary in the second year of his arbitration eligibility.
Zimmer was a member of three different organizations in 2022, having been traded from the Guardians to the Jays in April and then waived by the Phillies in August. Toronto signed Zimmer back a week later, and Zimmer finished the season with the Blue Jays. Over 117 total 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 Blue Jays’ extreme right-handed lineup, and he probably wouldn’t have gotten nearly as many at-bats if not for injuries to Toronto’s starting lineup. outfielders. Still, Zimmer added value off the bench as a running back, and he continued to provide quality defense. Over 1,783 1/3 career MLB innings as a center fielder, Zimmer has above-average marks in runs average (+10), defensive runs saved (+13) and UZR/150 (+3.6).
Once a top-100 prospect in his days in Cleveland’s farm system, Zimmer failed to hit at the big league level and now finds himself in the role of a depth player at age 30. His glove and speed will continue. to force him to look for teams in need of outfield depth, and some extra help on the turf could help a Dodgers team that has been split. Cody Bellinger. Trace Thompson Projects as the new regular center fielder, but with Thompson’s own inconsistent record before coming to Los Angeles, it makes sense that the Dodgers would want some extra help in the minors. It’s possible that Zimmer could fill the depth role significantly Kevin Pillar scheduled for 2022 before Pilar underwent season-ending shoulder surgery.