Non-tendered by Padres, Tony Gwynn Jr. signs with Dodgers

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Tony Gwynn Jr. will be staying in the NL West after being non-tendered by the Padres last week, as Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse reports that he’s signed with the Dodgers.

Despite a Hall of Fame father with seven batting titles and 3,141 hits Gwynn Jr.’s bat is his weakness. He’s hit just .244/.323/.314 in 1,054 plate appearances and at age 28 seems unlikely to develop further.

However, he does have the plate discipline to avoid being a total non-factor offensively and Gwynn is an elite defensive outfielder with 30-steal speed, making him a solid fit as a fifth outfielder.

His uncle, Chris Gwynn, was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 1985 and played parts of seven seasons in Los Angeles.