Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Dodgers Address Bottom-of-Lineup Woes By Picking Up .200 BA, .614 OPS Hitter

Welcome back stateside, Cavan!

The Dodgers just dealt double-A reliever Braydon Fisher to the Blue Jays, to pick up Toronto castoff Cavan Biggio.

Biggio was recently designated for assignment by the Blue Jays, a surprising move, even considering his numbers. The 29-year-old, drafted by the Blue Jays back in 2016, was batting .200 with a .614 OPS, and some redundancy had developed with the Blue Jays’ roster depth. In L.A., Biggio will have a great opportunity to re-establish himself as a versatile bench piece to support a stacked lineup. [...]

Coming up as a prospect, Biggio was paired alongside Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, a trio of second-generation players who carried the hopes of a fan base. Some of these expectations were unfairly hoisted upon Biggio, which is the nature of having a famous last name, but Biggio has handled the good and bad days admirably. Throughout his tenure in Toronto, Biggio earned respect throughout the organization, making the past week’s decisions difficult for those involved.

I know Biggio is a left-handed bat (and, apparently, the last Blue Jay to hit for they cycle, in September 2019). But picking up a 80 OPS+ guy (career 101 OPS+, so basically average) doesn't seem like it would be a huge benefit to solve that issue. Unless we're looking at Chris Taylor, still struggling with a negaitve OPS+ (-9 this season; Taylor is also right on average with a career 102 OPS+).


Steve Sax said...

As of today, the Dodgers are winless with Biggio in the lineup