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2017 Dodgers review: Scott Van Slyke

Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

After 12 years in the organization, Scott Van Slyke departed the Dodgers in 2017.


Van Slyke made the Dodgers opening day roster for a fourth consecutive season.

But after a 4-for-31 (.129) April he was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Van Slyke made it back to the majors two more times in 2017 — in May and in July — and played in a total of 29 games, starting five games at first base and twice in left field.

A career .252/.358/.462 hitter against left-handed pitchers, Van Slyke was just 4-for-29 against southpaws in 2017, hitting .138/.265/.276.


Van Slyke was traded along with minor league catcher Hendrik Clementina to the Reds on July 31 in exchange for left-hander Tony Cingrani.

Cincinnati designated Van Slyke for assignment on Aug. 9, and four days later after he cleared waivers Van Slyke was sent outright to Triple-A. Van Slyke finished out the season with Louisville.

In 70 combined minor games between Oklahoma City and Louisville he hit .222/.317/.365 with six home runs and 15 doubles.

2017 particulars

Age: 30

Stats: 5-for-41, 2 HR, double, 7 walks, .122/.250/.293

Salary: $1.325 million, with roughly $876,000 earned with the Dodgers

Game of the year

Van Slyke was 1-for-3 with a home run in a win over the Rockies on Apr. 19.

Roster status

Van Slyke is a free agent.