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Dodgers sign Tony Gwynn Jr. to two-year deal

Dec 12, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

Tony Gwynn Jr. Getty Images

The word out of Los Angeles recently was that Tony Gwynn Jr. was a possible non-tender candidate, but so much for that thought. The Dodgers signed the speedy outfielder to a new two-year, $2 million deal on Monday.

The contract covers Gwynn’s two remaining years of arbitration eligibility. The 29-year-old hit .256/.308/.353 with two homers, 22 RBI and 22 steals in 312 at-bats for the Dodgers last season.

Obviously, the money isn’t very significant here. Still, Gwynn isn’t a great use of a roster spot for a team with an outstanding and extremely durable center fielder. Pretty much all of Gwynn’s playing time came in left field last season, and with a career .247/.319/.324 line, he’s just not enough of a threat offensively to be an asset there.

  1. cup0pizza - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    Gwynn Jr. wasn’t completely crappy for the Dodgers last season, so what the heck. Not like they’re gonna make any noise for at least a couple of years, anyway thanks to the idiocy of the Frank & Ned dog-&-pony show.

  2. dodger88 - Dec 13, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Gwynn can be a useful piece but I’m sorry, another 2 year deal for a marginal bench player? I don’t get it.

  3. JBerardi - Dec 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Ned Coletti, stop doing things! Stop it!

  4. ckenny8799 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    People, stop complaining. They can’t go after free agents until the team is sold, so it’s either sign their own guys or risk having a bench of underdeveloped rookies. I like Gwynn and he can play all 3 outfield positions which means 1 player spot to use for 3 starters rest days. To me this is a great deal, esp for only $1 mil/yr.

  5. foreverchipper10 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    They would be better off giving his father a roster spot.

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