Lost in the excitement of the Mookie Betts acquisition last winter was the Dodgers tendering a contract to outfielder Joc Pederson. The Dodgers had originally worked out a trade to send him and pitcher Ross Stripling to the Angels, but the deal fell through due to Angel’s owner Art Moreno halting the trade for some unknown reason. So the Dodgers decided to keep Joc for another season, and thankfully they did. Otherwise he would have not been a part of the Dodger’s World Series championship run in 2020.
Pederson has been with the Dodger’s organization for a decade. He made his MLB debut in 2014. He was a highly regarded prospect who won minor league player of the year and Pacific Coast League MVP honors with the Albuquerque Isotopes at the time. If you remember he was a 30/30 player, which was a rare feat, even in the minors.
Joc has had a productive run with the Dodgers over the last 6 years. He’s combined respectable plate discipline with power. He became a valuable postseason hitter as well. He was a good center fielder during his early days, although those days seem to be behind him as he’s now considered to be a corner position man primarily. Joc signed a free-agent contract with the Cubs this winter, and wrote an emotional farewell letter to the Dodgers and the fans. It’s worth a read. We wish Joc the best. I hope he gets to play everyday in Chicago. He’s certainly earned it.