The Dodgers have signed outfielder Paulo Orlando to a minor league deal, MetsMerized’s Michael Mayer reports (Twitter link). Orlando will receive an invitation to the Dodgers’ big league Spring Training camp, the Southern California News Group’s J.P. Hoornstra adds (via Twitter).
Orlando broke into the majors with the Royals in 2015, receiving 251 plate appearances for the eventual world champions and becoming the first Brazilian-born player to ever appear in a World Series game. He was a part-time outfielder in his first two seasons, and batted .302/.329/.405 over 484 PA in 2016, though a .380 BABIP played a big role in that production. After that solid start to his career, however, Orlando has struggled over the last two seasons, appearing in just 64 total games and batting only .182/.209/.250, shuttling up and down to the minors and also dealing with some injuries.
Orlando was something of a late bloomer in the big leagues and turned 33 in November, though he’ll give L.A. some additional outfield depth at all three positions. Between signing Orlando and Shane Peterson to minors deals in recent days, the Dodgers are restocking their outfield depth (albeit at a lower level) after trading Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Reds.
He’s a lock for a 5 WAR season then. Total Dodgers “come from nowhere” type, the next one in a long line of “come from nowhere” guys.
Kidding. But maybe not?
Taylor, Pederson, muncy, bellinger, toles, Hernandez. 110 homers or so. Still tons of pop
LOL! 85 wins here they come!
Yeah Okc isn’t going to be spectacular, but they’re going to be able to pitch it. I’ll give them around 90, because they still have some impact talent. 85 seems a little low for that arm talent they have.
Just sign Harper already!!!! 5 for 180! DONE!
stan lee the manly
The Nationals offered 10 north of 300 mil. Not a chance that gets it done.
Maybe 5/200 but I seriously doubt the Dodgers will make such a large commitment.
5-36 a year is pretty decent! Gives Harper enough room to sign another contract at 5 plus years at 31 years old if he produces. Yeah maybe 5/200 is more realistic… still 40 mil a year. No one will pay that. Just like no one is going 10 years ESPECIALLY IN THE NL. 36 roaming right field? Yeah right.
They need a catcher.
They let Puig and Kemp go for nothing, big L if they don’t sign Harper.
Kemp is not good
Their major need: RH or S hitter Everyday bat to slide in 4/5 hole, one that drills lhp. Neither Kemp nor Puig were that guy. Puig has developed into a very good player, but was sort of superfluous with his inability to consist hit lhp. Kemp was going to be salary dumped or DFAd. If you followed this FO, it was no surprise that all three were churned. They weren’t happy with their roles and they weren’t part of the future plans. Harper never really had anything to do with this. People just tried to make connections. The only L comes if the roster stays the same.
More filler for after the fire sale
The contract with Orlando……..
It was signed at…….