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Dodgers Sign Kevin Pillar to Minor League Deal, Freddie Freeman Makes Spring Debut

Through four Cactus League games, the Dodgers still have yet to post a win. If this were the start of the regular season, you’d have fans on social media calling for skipper Dave Roberts to be fired. Nonetheless it is only Spring Training, so fans must take these games with a grain of salt.

The Dodgers have remained quite active in the free agency market. The team inked left handed Tyler Anderson last week, and today signed another veteran. The team announced it had signed veteran outfielder Kevin Pillar to a minor league deal with a big league invite. The deal was reported to be for a $2.5 million base salary.

Dodger fans may remember Pillar from his days with the San Francisco Giants in 2019 and with the Colorado Rockies in 2020. Pillar spent the 2021 season with the New York Mets. He is known for his stellar defense in the outfield, in 131 games last year he did not record one error.

Pillar was also the Wilson defensive player of the year in 2015.

The 33-year-old is a Southern California native and grew up as a Dodger fan. The signing comes just days after the Dodgers traded fellow outfielder Luke Raley to the Tampa Bay Rays .

Tuesday’s Cactus League action sees the Dodgers taking on the Cincinnati Reds.

Making his Spring debut will be the newest star acquisition for the Dodgers. First baseman Freddie Freeman is hitting third in the lineup. Also making his Spring debut on the mound is Walker Buehler, who had a stellar 2021 season.

The Dodgers haven’t officially announced an Opening Day starter but all signs would point to Buehler as the leading candidate.

This lineup is not even what the Dodgers might look like at full strength, which is quite scary if you were an opposing pitcher.

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