Steven Souza Jr.
RF - LAD - MiLB
Just two days after electing free agency, outfielder Steven Souza Jr. has returned to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a minor league contract.
He has been assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma, where he is slashing .264/.432/.569 with six homers, 16 RBI, 19 walks, and 26 strikeouts this season. The 32-year-old is a former third-round pick who has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors. He hit 63 homers from 2015-2017 with the Rays, including 30 in 2017 alone.
Steven Souza Jr. played the hero on Friday, breaking a 0-0 tie by hitting his first home run of the season. He finished the day going 1-for-3 with the solo home run and a strikeout.
With teammate Cody Bellinger on the IL, Souza has seen some increased opportunity and should continue to do so until Bellinger's return. Still, Souza should be far away from lineups unless you're in absolute need of an outfielder.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the Dodgers are signing OF Steven Souza Jr. to a minor league contract.
Souza was released by the Astros after an underwhelming spring training performance. He'll serve as outfield depth this year.
Steven Souza Jr. agreed to a minor-league deal with the Astros, which was first reported by Jon Morosi of MLB Network but the details were provided by Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Souza Jr. will compete for a roster spot in spring training and is an intriguing name to keep an eye on for fantasy purposes. He's played in just 83 games over the past three seasons due to a slew of injuries but swatted 30 home runs while swiping 16 bags for the Rays back in 2017. This a low risk signing by the Astros that could pay dividends if Souza Jr. can remain healthy and make the final roster. Those are two big "ifs," though.
Steven Souza Jr. brought on Michael Moye to be his current agent as he looks to sign a deal for the 2021 season. Souza Jr. was previously represented by Aces Baseball Inc.
Souza Jr. was a part of the Chicago Cubs for the shortened season until being released in early September. Souza Jr. hit .148 with a home run and five RBI during the short stint with the Cubs.