As the number of days remaining before the 2019 trade deadline dwindle away, the Dodgers are slowly but surely making a few moves to fill some existing roster holes, mainly due to injury.
Three days after making a deal for Tyler White of the Astros, Los Angeles officially announced late Sunday evening that the team acquired infielder/outfielder Kristopher Negron from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder Daniel Castro.
Negrón, 33, has appeared in nine games for the Mariners this season, batting .227 (5-for-22) with three runs and one RBI. Prior to having his contract selected on July 16, the right-handed hitting Negrón was batting .310 (95-for-306) with 12 homers and 61 RBI in 82 games for Triple-A Reno. He has played parts of six major league seasons for the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks and Mariners, recording a combined .216 batting average with seven homers and 25 RBI.
The California native has played seven different positions in his big league career, recording an overall .984 fielding percentage in 307 chances. Altogether, he has logged 32 major league games at third base, 26 at second, 24 in left field, 19 at shortstop, nine in right field, seven in center field and four at first base.
He was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the seventh round (223rd overall) of the 2006 MLB draft out Cosumnes River Junior College in California.
The 26-year-old Castro has spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He batted .241 (40-for-166) with six doubles, one homer and 11 RBI in 45 games for OKC. This was his first season with the Dodger organization after signing a minor league contract with Los Angeles in November of 2018.
Just like White provides a right-handed bat to cover for the injured David Freese, Negrón will conceivably fill the void left by super-utility man Enrique Hernandez when Hernandez hits the injured list on Monday.
With the addition of Negrón, the Dodgers’ 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)