The Dodgers aren’t done yet in free agency.
Nick Deeds of MLBtraderumors.com reports that the Dodgers have signed infielder Jonathan Araúz to a minor league deal, although a spring training invitation has yet to be confirmed as a part of the contract.
Araúz has played in 95 career games at the major league level between the Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and most recently with the New York Mets in 2023. Araúz hasn’t been an impact bat throughout his major league career, slashing a career .184/.253/.308 with eight home runs, 31 RBI, and a 52 wRC+ through 262 plate appearances.
The Dodgers currently have their starting middle infield solidified, as Mookie Betts and Gavin Lux are projected to be the starters at second base and shortstop. Miguel Rojas, Miguel Vargas, and Michael Busch are added depth pieces that can shore up the infield should either Betts or Lux miss time, so it will be difficult for Araúz to find consistent playing time with the Dodgers.
In addition to adding an infield depth piece, the Dodgers are still looking to adding another corner outfielder.
Francys Romero of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have maintained interest in former Mariners outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, however, they do not appear to be the frontrunners to sign him.
The Dodgers initially expressed interest in Hernandez back in November, even with the team resigning Jason Heyward and trading for Manuel Margot to add to their corner outfield depth. The addition of Hernandez would provide the Dodgers with a power hitting right-handed bat that has the potential to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runners.
Ever since retiring from Major League Baseball after the 2000 season, Orel Hersheiser has most notably been a color commentator for the Dodgers, beginning his tenure back in the 2014 season. During this holiday season, Hersheiser ventured into an entirely new industry.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times notes that Hersheiser teamed up with Five for Fighting singers Frankie Moreno and John Ondrasik to perform a rendition of the song “We Three Kings” as a part of their Christmas album, Christmas Duets.