I spent my day binge watching “The Ranch” and roasting bratwurst in my fire pit, so imagine my surprise and momentary disbelief when I heard the WS champion Dodgers have agreed to sign Albert Pujols. I thought why on earth would they do that? He’s only useful against lefties. Then I realized the Dodgers as a team have a .663 OPS against lefties. It’s over 130 points lower than against righties. He’s hitting lefties better than that (.878). He’s probably going to be mostly a pinch hitter and veteran presence in the clubhouse… but don’t be surprised to see him platooning at first with Muncy sometimes sliding over to third to rest Turner too.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers also dealt with the Rays for Yoshimoto Tsutsugo for either cash or the ever popular PTBNL. The Dodgers have Ben hit by the injury bug, and Tsutsugo is very versatile defensively, pretty much able to play anywhere outside of pitcher and catcher. Of course, he’s been hitting below the Mendoza Line ever since arriving from Japan (.167 this year so far). The Rays also shipped Hunter Strickland to the Angels in another cash or PTBNL move.