The Seattle Mariners added some recent playoff experience in signing free agent Steven Souza Jr. to a minor-league contract.
The Mariners have agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with veteran outfielder Steven Souza Jr., according to a source. The plan if for him to play at Triple-A Tacoma. @Ken_Rosenthal had the scoop first.— Daniel Kramer (@DKramer_) March 13, 2022
You might remember Souza from playing in 10 of the Dodgers’ 12 postseason games last year, after playing in 17 regular season games with Los Angeles.
2021 was a comeback year for Souza, who missed the bulk of 2019 and 2020 seasons after a devastating knee injury. He signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in April, and was called up to the majors for two separate stints during the regular season. He was 5-for-33 (.152/.222/.333), including a game-winning home run on June 18 in Arizona.
Souza spent the bulk of his year with Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .274/.396/.554 with 12 home runs and 14 doubles in 56 games. The Dodgers designated Souza for assignment twice during the season, but added him back to the 40-man roster for the postseason, where he was 1-for-8 with a walk in 10 appearances as a reserve in October.
Souza, who turns 33 in April, has hit .230/.320/.414, a 100 OPS+ with 72 home runs in 499 games over parts of seven major league seasons.