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Non-tendered by Padres, Tony Gwynn Jr. signs with Dodgers

Dec 7, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

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Tony Gwynn Jr. will be staying in the NL West after being non-tendered by the Padres last week, as Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse reports that he’s signed with the Dodgers.

Despite a Hall of Fame father with seven batting titles and 3,141 hits Gwynn Jr.’s bat is his weakness. He’s hit just .244/.323/.314 in 1,054 plate appearances and at age 28 seems unlikely to develop further.

However, he does have the plate discipline to avoid being a total non-factor offensively and Gwynn is an elite defensive outfielder with 30-steal speed, making him a solid fit as a fifth outfielder.

His uncle, Chris Gwynn, was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 1985 and played parts of seven seasons in Los Angeles.

  1. mje3 - Dec 8, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    Why not just install Gwynn in CF, and move Kemp and Ethier down the defensive spectrum (RF and 1B, respectively)? At this point, the Dodgers should realize that Kemp is too big to last at CF without developing chronic injuries, and Ethier is just a horrific defensive outfielder. Loney would be the odd man out, but the Dodgers won’t really miss his singles power anyway.

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