Yesterday the Dodgers called up reliever Steven Rodriguez from Double-A, making him the somewhat unlikely first 2012 draft pick to reach the majors.
Rodriguez was a second-round pick (82nd overall) in June’s draft after being named to the SEC first-team as a junior at the University of Florida and arrives in the big leagues after just 19.2 innings in the minors.
He was dominant during that brief time, posting a 0.92 ERA and 32/6 K/BB ratio between Single-A and Double-A, and the 21-year-old left-hander replaces the injured Scott Elbert as the second southpaw in the Dodgers’ bullpen alongside Randy Choate.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.