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Dodgers sign Will Venable, option Austin Barnes

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Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian González, 1B
Trayce Thompson, RF
Joc Pederson, CF
Yasmani Grandal, C
Howie Kendrick, LF
Kenta Maeda, P

By Jon Weisman

Having gone without a left-handed bat off the bench since Carl Crawford was designated for assignment June 5, the Dodgers have signed outfielder Will Venable.

Austin Barnes, who was 0 for 4 with a walk since being called up to replace Crawford on the 25-man roster, was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room for Venable, who will wear No. 25 (which coach Mark McGwire had most recently used).

Venable has a .317 on-base percentage and .406 slugging percentage in 3,127 career plate appearances, most recently with Texas and San Diego in 2015, for whom he had a combined OPS+ of 88. Against right-handed pitching last year, his OPS was .710.

The 33-year-old’s best MLB season was in 2013, when he had 22 homers and 22 steals for the Padres.

Venable opted out of a minor-league contract with the Phillies on June 11. He had a .304 on-base percentage with Triple-A Lehigh.


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  1. Start printing those WS tickets

  2. gregtaylor8988

    Yep, this should put us over the top!

  3. What’s up with these Swapmeet players , more MASH Unit players.. why not trade for Lucroy straight up with Milwaukee for Grandal .. Trade PUIG for Cargo

    • Jon Weisman

      Just out of curiosity, if those straight-up trades so obviously were to benefit the Dodgers, why would the other teams make them?

      • Rockies are not going anywhere, contract is going to be too much for that team & Puig contract is still cheap , maybe a prospect or minor leaguer. Lucroy is batting .300 and will become a free agent after next season , Braun’s contract is toxic so Lucroy would cost some youth and possibly a vet, like Grandal, Lucroy plays first base too, we don’t lose a good bat when they rest Gonzalez, he’s starting to Decline now. He should have about 15 or 16 HRs by now 50 Rbis.

  4. we should try to con the Yanks out of Miller & Sonny Gray out of Oakland

  5. We need good pitching from the starters and consistent hitters. Fire the idiots who put this team together.

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