LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Sunday acquired minor league utility man Connor Joe from the Braves in exchange for international amateur signing bonus pool space.
Joe, who turned 25 in August, hit .222/.319/.340 with 13 doubles, five home runs and four triples between two levels in 2017, with 94 of his 97 games in Double-A. This is the second trade of the season for Joe, who was dealt from the Pirates to the Braves for Sean Rodriguez on Aug. 5.
“My mind went into a fog,’’ Joe said of that August trade, per Terry Monahan of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Being traded straight up for a big leaguer made me feel a little better.”
After the trade to Atlanta, Joe was 7-for-52 with a double and a walk in 20 games for Double-A Mississippi, hitting just .135/.233/.154. In three minor league seasons, Joe hit .251/.346/.350.
Joe in 2017 played 46 games in right field, 29 games at first base, two games at third base, and once in left field. He has played 98 games at third base in his three minor league seasons. The right-hander was drafted by Pittsburgh in the supplemental first round in 2014 out of the University of San Diego.
He also caught in the Cape Code League in 2013, per Monahan:
“I got a different perspective on things behind the plate,’’ Joe said. “Whatever someone sees as a way to get to the big leagues, I’ll do it. Whatever they want me to do.”
Joe played in the Arizona Fall League in 2016, and was a teammate of current Dodgers a Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo in the Fall Stars Game.
This is the third trade involving international bonus pool space this season for the Dodgers, who entered the 2017-2018 international signing period with a total bonus pool of $4.75 million.
The Dodgers received $500,000 in bonus pool space in exchange for Chris Hatcher on Aug. 15, plus an unknown amount for pitcher Jason Wheeler on July 2.