In breaking news reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers have acquired outfielder Brett Eibner from the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers sent minor leaguer Jordan Tarsovich up north in return. Carlos Frias was DFA’d to make room for newcomer Eibner.
Five days ago the A’s designated Eibner for assignment to make room on their roster for someone else, and now he’s a Dodger. Eibner came up through the Kansas City Royals’ farms, where he was rated as high as number 17 as a prospect.
The Royals traded Eibner to the A’s midseason last year. Perhaps moneyballer Billy Beane thought Eibner would pan out in the bay. Between the Royals and the A’s, he batted .191/.266/.353 in 208 ML plate appearances. Eibner batted much better at the AAA level – .280/.356/.474 – so there is potential to be had.
Eibner can handle all three outfield positions, he’s rated with above-average speed, and he adds a desired right-handed bat to the Dodgers. Although he didn’t put up big enough numbers for the A’s to remain interested, the 28-year-old showed some pop in his bat. In his limited ML debut, he racked up 10 doubles, one triple, six home runs and 22 RBIs.
In the clown car that is overstuffed with Dodgers’ outfielders, Eibner will have his work cut out for him in Spring Training. He’s got minor league options remaining, so the Dodgers can keep him around (depth, depth, depth) if he doesn’t show much at first.