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Rangers re-sign outfielder DJ Peters, but he’s a pitcher now

H ulking, powerful DJ Peters, who spent 52 games with the Rangers in 2021 as an athletic, but contact-challenged outfielder, is back with the organization.

He’s a pitcher now.

Peters, 28, signed a minor league deal with the club over the weekend. He does not have an invite to big league camp. Peters went Korea for the 2022 season for more lucrative opportunity, but played only 85 games for the Lotte Giants then returned to the U.S. to finish out the year with Washington’s Triple-A club in Rochester. He signed a minor league deal with Detroit last year and switched to pitching, though he never pitched above the rookie-level Florida Complex League.

Peters struggled with command, walking 27 in 21.2 innings. But he also showed a fastball with real life, averaging between 93-95 mph. He also averaged more than a strikeout per inning with 24.

Just days after trading hulking, powerful, but contact-challenged Joey Gallo to the New York Yankees in 2021, the Rangers acquired the 6-5, 225-pound Peters on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Dodgers. They designated David Dahl for assignment to make room for him. Peters hit 12 homers with the Rangers in 197 at-bats , but batted .198 and struck out 68 times. He signed with Lotte for a reported $600,000 in December after the 2021 season.

Peters slashed .228/.299/.402/.701 with Lotte before returning to the U.S in late 2022.

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  • Draft: 2016, Los Angeles Dodgers, Round: 4, Overall Pick: 131
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The Los Angeles Dodgers were hampered by injuries for most of the 2021 season, which led to several prospects making their MLB debut. The group included DJ Peters, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

The Glendora, California native was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 23 and grounded out in his first career at-bat against the San Diego Padres later that night.

Peters appeared in two additional games and went hitless in five at-bats before he was optioned to the organization’s alternate training site to make room for Victor Gonzalez.

Peters returned to the Dodgers for one day in early May but did not receive any playing time. He was sent back down to Oklahoma City and didn’t return to the Majors until the end of the month.

Peters found more success in his third stint with the Dodgers, but continued to be plagued by high strikeout numbers. In 18 overall games, he hit just .192/.382/.385 with two doubles, one home run and four RBI.

The Dodgers designated Peters for assignment in late July as the corresponding move to add Danny Duffy to their 40-man roster after he was acquired in a trade with the Kansas City Royals.

The 26-year-old’s time with the Dodgers officially came to an end once he was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers . The move proved beneficial as Peters became the club’s everyday center fielder before seeing regular time in the corner outfield spots.

Peters’ offensive struggles carried over to his new team, however, as he batted .198/.218/.426 with seven doubles, 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 52 games.

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Peters’ best performance of the 2021 season came on Sept. 5 as a member of the Rangers when he went 4-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in a 7-3 win over the L.A. Angels.

2022 outlook

The Rangers outrighted Peters off their 40-man roster at the end of the 2021 season and eventually granted him his release so he could pursue a career overseas.

Peters went on to sign a one-year contract with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization League (KBO), where he will look to rebuild his value and potentially make the jump back to the Majors in 2023.

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By Anthony Franco | February 5, 2024 at 6:07pm CDT

The Rangers announced the signing of three players to minor league contracts. Left-handers Chasen Shreve and  Danny Duffy and catcher  José Godoy will be in MLB camp as non-roster invitees. Texas also confirmed their previously reported agreement with  DJ Peters , although the outfielder-turned-pitcher did not get an invite to big league Spring Training.

All three of Texas new additions have MLB experience. Of the trio, only Shreve appeared at the big league level a year ago. The 33-year-old split his season between the Tigers and Reds. Initially inked to an offseason minor league pact by Detroit, he made the team out of camp and logged 47 appearances. While his 4.79 ERA over 41 1/3 innings is unspectacular, Shreve struck out a decent 23.3% of opponents against a lower than average 6.7% walk percentage.

Detroit had hoped to drum up trade interest in the veteran reliever. Once the deadline passed without a taker, they released him to give a few more innings to controllable bullpen arms. Shreve latched on with the Reds for three more outings but didn’t carve out a lasting spot in the Cincinnati relief corps. They released him in September.

Shreve has appeared in parts of 10 big league campaigns, suiting up with seven different teams along the way. He’ll go for an eighth in Arlington as he aims for a spot in a bullpen that skews to the right side.  Brock Burke is the only southpaw locked into a relief corps that could also include swingman Cody Bradford or rookies Antoine Kelly and  Jake Latz . Shreve has held left-handed batters to a fairly modest .222/.295/.403 batting line over the past four seasons. Former Astro  Blake Taylor is also in camp as a minor league pickup.

Duffy rejoins the group, marking his second straight season with the Rangers. The longtime Royals starter inked a minor league pact with Texas a year ago. That came on the heels of 18 months wrecked by arm injuries. Duffy suffered a flexor strain midway through the 2021 season. Repeated setbacks necessitated postseason surgery and ultimately cost him all of ’22 as well.

The 35-year-old managed to get back on a mound last June. Assigned to Double-A Frisco, he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen. Duffy turned in a 2.30 ERA over 31 1/3 innings, striking out 28.3% of batters faced. His control was clearly adversely affected by the long layoff, as he walked an untenable 15.2% of hitters at the Double-A level. He issued another eight free passes in 4 1/3 frames of Triple-A work. The Rangers were sufficiently impressed with his form to give him another Spring Training look in hopes that he can dial in the command as he gets further removed from injury. Duffy hasn’t made an MLB appearance since his final start as a Royal on July 16, 2021.

Godoy, 29, is a depth catcher who has 26 games of big league experience. He split that time between the Mariners, Twins and Pirates. The left-handed hitter has a .271/.329/.404 line in parts of four Triple-A campaigns. Godoy spent the ’23 season in the Yankees and Orioles organizations but only made 36 appearances at the top minor league level.

Rangers Sign DJ Peters To Minors Deal

By Mark Polishuk | February 4, 2024 at 3:51pm CDT

The Rangers signed DJ Peters to a minor league contract, as initially reported by pitching consultant and former big leaguer Dave Coggin ( X link ).  After beginning his pro career as an outfielder, Peters is now exploring a second chapter as a pitcher, which began when he tossed 21 2/3 innings for the Tigers’ Florida Complex League team last season.

Peters appeared in 70 games with the Dodgers and Rangers in 2021, which marks his only previous MLB experience.  He hit .197/.242/.422 with 13 home runs and 82 strikeouts over his 240 plate appearance.  The lack of contact has been the story for much of Peters’ career, as while his power potential drew him some notice during his time in the L.A. farm system, rival pitchers were increasingly able to find holes in his swing.  The canceled 2020 minor league season also seemed to halt Peters’ momentum, as his numbers in the minors drastically tailed off after that lost year.

Peters’ 2022 season was mostly spent in South Korea with the KBO League’s Lotte Giants, though he caught on with the Nationals late in the year on a minor league deal, and then spent the 2023 campaign in Detroit’s organization on another minors contract.  Peters didn’t see any game action apart from his 17 appearances as a pitcher in the FCL, and he posted a 6.23 ERA over his 21 2/3 frames, and had more walks (27) than strikeouts (24).

Clearly the transition to pitching is still a work in progress, and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that Peters’ deal doesn’t include an invitation to the Rangers’ big league spring camp.  Peters will get an opportunity to work with some familiar faces in the organization as he continues to develop his craft on the mound, and figure out how to harness his stuff.  As noted by Coggin elsewhere on his X feed , Peters’ fastball sits at 95mph and he has a slider with a lot of break.

Tigers, DJ Peters Agree To Minor League Deal

By Steve Adams | February 8, 2023 at 1:07pm CDT

The Tigers agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder DJ Peters , as first indicated on the transaction log at MiLB.com . He’s been assigned to Triple-A Toledo.

The 27-year-old Peters ranked among the Dodgers’ top 20 prospects at Baseball America from 2018-21, reaching the big leagues as a 25-year-old during the ’21 season but struggling in limited opportunities. Peters logged just 34 plate appearances with the Dodgers before being designated for assignment after they acquired Danny Duffy , at which point the Rangers claimed him off waivers.

While the Dodgers’ outfield was generally full at the time of that transaction, the Rangers had far more opportunity. Peters appeared in 52 games and tallied 206 plate appearances down the stretch in Texas, showing impressive power but also extremely shaky plate discipline. Overall, between the two clubs, Peters hit .197/.242/.422 with 13 home runs, nine doubles, a triple, a pair of steals, and 34.2% strikeout rate against a 5% walk rate in 240 plate appearances.

The Rangers retained Peters’ rights into the offseason but granted him his release in order to pursue an opportunity with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization. Peters improved on his K-BB profile in the KBO, fanning at a reduced 21.8% clip against a more palatable 7.3% walk rate. However, his .228/.299/.402 batting line in 354 trips to the plate still resulted in him being waived this past July.

Peters has long been touted for his above-average speed, huge raw power and the defensive tools needed to play center field, but he’s yet to break through in the game’s upper levels. He’s a career .240/.343/.415 hitter in parts of three Triple-A seasons, but he’s also punched out in 30.2% of his 540 plate appearances at that level. Unlike his brief stints in the Majors and in the KBO, Peters does have a strong 11% walk rate in Triple-A, at least.

It’s an intriguing set of tools overall, particularly for a Tigers club with little certainty in the outfield ( as recently explored by MLBTR’s Anthony Franco ). Former top prospect Riley Greene will presumably return to his role as the everyday center fielder, and he’ll be joined in the outfield by veteran Austin Meadows , who struggled at the plate in 2022 before missing time due to vertigo-like symptoms, a pair of Achilles injuries and eventually an agreed-upon absence with the team that allowed him to focus on his mental health, which he candidly disclosed to fans via social media .

The other outfield reps will be divided up among players like Akil Baddoo , Kerry Carpenter and trade acquisition Matt Vierling . Outfield prospect Parker Meadows — Austin’s younger brother — is also on Detroit’s 40-man roster, and they’ll have veteran speedster Jonathan Davis and well-regarded prospect Justyn-Henry Malloy (acquired from the Braves in exchange for Joe Jimenez ) in camp as non-roster invitees. It’s feasible that the right-handed-hitting Peters could eventually play his way into that mix, especially when considering that each of Greene, Baddoo, Carpenter and both Meadows brothers bat from the left side of the plate.

Nationals Sign DJ Peters To Minor League Deal

By Mark Polishuk | September 10, 2022 at 6:31pm CDT

The Nationals signed outfielder DJ Peters to a minor league contract, and Peters played his first game with Triple-A Rochester yesterday.  The 26-year-old was a free agent after being waived by the Korea Baseball Organization’s Lotte Giants back in July.

Peters’ time in the KBO League resulted in a .228/.299/.402 slash line over 354 plate appearances, with 13 home runs.  The Giants paid Peters a $600K base salary — well above what the outfielder would’ve earned on a minor league salary, and there was no guarantee Peters would’ve landed a big league deal as a free agent.  Of course, Peters couldn’t have signed anywhere last winter due to the lockout, and thus he opted to take some guaranteed money with the Giants rather than face the unique uncertainty of the 2021-22 offseason.

Power has been Peters’ calling card since the Dodgers selected him in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.  Over his minor league career (and counting last night’s game with Rochester), Peters has hit .266/.359/.488 over 2197 PA, but after the canceled 2020 minors season, he returned and struggled at Triple-A in 2021.  However, Peters also made his MLB debut last season, hitting .197/.242/.422 with 13 homers over 240 combined PA with the Dodgers and Rangers.

The rebuilding Nationals can offer plenty of opportunity for players who might have late-breakout potential, with 30-year-old rookie Joey Meneses serving as a prime example of how unheralded players can unexpectedly blossom.  Peters’ power bat and strong throwing arm give him a couple of plus tools, and the best could be yet to come if he can cut down on his strikeouts and become a more polished overall hitter rather than just an all-or-nothing slugger.

KBO’s Lotte Giants Waive DJ Peters

By Steve Adams | July 18, 2022 at 7:51am CDT

The Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization announced this week that they’re waiving former Dodgers and Rangers outfielder DJ Peters ( link via Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency ). Yoo adds that the Giants are expected to announce a new foreign-player acquisition soon.

Peters, 26, was the Dodgers’ fourth-round draft pick back in 2016 and had been in his first season in the KBO after agreeing to a one-year, $600K deal with the Giants this past offseason. He made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2021 before being picked up by the Rangers in an early-August waiver claim and seeing fairly regular action for them down the stretch. Between the two teams, Peters batted .197/.242/.422 with 13 homers, nine doubles and a triple in 240 plate appearances — showing good power but also considerable strikeout-to-walk concerns (34.2% strikeout rate, 5.0% walk rate).

While Peters has improved on both his strikeout and walk rates in the KBO (21.8% strikeout rate, 7.3% walk rate), his overall .228/.299/.402 batting line through 354 plate appearances looks fairly similar to last year’s showing in the big leagues — plenty of pop but with glaring OBP concerns. Peters has been credited for huge power and a concerning hit tool dating back to his prospect days, and that’s largely how his career has played out through his first taste of both MLB action and KBO play.

That huge raw power — FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen credited him with 70-grade power on the 20-80 scale as recently as the 2020-21 offseason — above-average speed and strong throwing arm ought to keep getting Peters opportunities, though following a release in the KBO he’ll likely need to look to a minor league deal if he returns to North American ball. Still, it’s a tantalizing package of raw tools that a team could stash in the upper minors as depth with the hope of a potential breakout.

Recapping The KBO League’s International Player Signings

By Mark Polishuk | January 9, 2022 at 5:16pm CDT

With the lockout slowing MLB-related transactions to a crawl of minor league deals, transactions involving Korean Baseball Organization teams have taken more of a spotlight on MLBTR’s pages since the start of December.  These moves have included the signings of several names familiar to North American baseball fans, as the KBO League’s clubs have looked to address their allocated three roster spots for non-Korean players.  International-born players can only sign contracts worth a maximum of $1MM in total salary, and players new to the KBO League can sign only one-year pacts.

Though the Doosan Bears have one signing that still isn’t yet official, the other 29 slots have been filled.  It is still possible this list could be adjusted in the coming weeks due to a number of factors — injuries, players returning to North America (for personal reasons or a deal with an MLB team), issues related to the pandemic, or teams just changing their minds after seeing the players in training camp.  Here is the rundown of this winter’s international signings for the 10 KBO League franchises….

Doosan Bears Jose Miguel Fernandez ( deal not yet finalized ), Ariel Miranda , Robert Stock

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Kiwoom Heroes Tyler Eppler , Eric Jokisch , Yasiel Puig

SSG Landers Kevin Cron , Wilmer Font , Ivan Nova

Samsung Lions David Buchanan , Jose Pirela , Albert Suarez

Kia Tigers Socrates Brito , Sean Nolin , Ronnie Williams

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KBO’s Lotte Giants Sign DJ Peters

By Anthony Franco | December 9, 2021 at 11:48am CDT

Dec. 9: The Giants have announced a one-year deal with Peters, per MyKBO’s Dan Kurtz ( Twitter link ). He’ll receive a $600K base salary and can earn up to $80K worth of incentives.

Dec. 3: Outfielder  DJ Peters is nearing agreement on a contract with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization, reports Daniel Kim ( Twitter link ). While Kim cautions the deal is not yet completed, he relays that it is “getting closer.”

Peters was recently outrighted off the Rangers’ 40-man roster. He didn’t have the requisite service time to elect free agency, but it’s not uncommon for MLB teams to grant players their release to pursue opportunities in a foreign professional league. In these instances, the player typically receives a better salary in the foreign league than they’d make spending the 2022 campaign in Triple-A — or even bouncing between the majors and the minors. To get to that point, Peters would have needed to play his way back onto Texas’ 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old (26 later this month) was long a prospect of some regard in the Dodgers’ farm system. Scouts credited the right-handed hitting Peters with big raw power and enough athleticism to play center field, but he struggled with strikeouts throughout his minor league tenure and had major questions about his hit tool.

That evaluation largely played out during the 2021 campaign, Peters’ first as a major leaguer. He popped 13 home runs in just 240 plate appearances between Los Angeles and Texas, sporting an impressive .224 ISO (slugging minus batting average). Yet the former fourth-round pick also fanned in 34.2% of his plate appearances en route to a .197 batting average. Paired with a tiny 5% walk rate, Peters simply made too many outs to be consistently productive. Altogether, his .197/.242/.422 line was around 29 percentage points below league average by measure of wRC+.

Assuming a deal is reached, Peters will spend the 2022 campaign with the Busan-based Giants. It’s not out of the question the Southern California native could pursue another opportunity in the United States down the line. Numerous players have landed guaranteed big league deals after putting together strong seasons in both the KBO and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball over the past few years, and Peters is young enough to be a desirable free agent a year or two from now if his performance merits.

American League Non-Tenders: 11/30/21

By Steve Adams | November 30, 2021 at 7:52pm CDT

The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players has come and gone. The Tigers’ decision to non-tender Matthew Boyd — more on that here — represents the most prominent name cast into free agency tonight, but here’s a quick rundown of the rest of the non-tenders in the American League.

Note that MLBTR’s Anthony Franco also has a rundown of this year’s National League non-tenders , and MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz published his annual projected arbitration salaries earlier this offseason.

Onto the transactions…

  • Outfielder Tim Locastro was non-tendered by the Red Sox , the team announced. The speedy HBP-magnet was claimed off waivers from the Yankees earlier this month after an injury-marred season. He is likely to be an in-demand depth option for teams if his ACL tear recovery goes well.
  • The Rangers announced that outfielder Billy McKinney and catchers David Garcia and Yohel Pozo were non-tendered. Texas also assigned outfielder DJ Peters outright to Triple-A Salt Lake after he went unclaimed on waivers.
  • The Royals non-tendered lefty Richard Lovelady , per a club announcement. Lovelady underwent Tommy John surgery late in the 2021 season and is expected to be sidelined for the entirety of the 2022 season.
  • The Twins non-tendered right-hander Juan Minaya , left-hander Danny Coulombe and right-hander Trevor Megill , per a team announcement. Megill’s non-tender is particularly curious, as he was only just claimed off waivers a few hours ago and was not arbitration-eligible. Presumably, the team will try to quickly re-sign him to a minor league pact and bring him to Spring Training as a depth piece.
  • Infielder Phil Gosselin has been non-tendered by the Angels , per an announcement from the team. The journeyman saw a career-high 373 plate appearances in 2021, but is unlikely to challenge that number next year owing to below average offensive and defensive metrics.

Rangers Claim DJ Peters Off Waivers From Dodgers

By Anthony Franco | August 2, 2021 at 1:52pm CDT

The Rangers announced they’ve claimed outfielder  DJ Peters off waivers from the Dodgers. Los Angeles had designated Peters for assignment over the weekend.

It’s not particularly surprising to see a team take a shot on Peters, who’s long been considered a prospect of some note. Peters’ combination of big power and enough athleticism to play a passable center field has long intrigued evaluators, even as swing-and-miss concerns have clouded his overall projection. Peters ran strikeout rates approaching or exceeding the 30% mark throughout his low minors tenure, although he hit for enough power to remain productive.

Peters played his way to the big leagues for the first time in 2021, picking up 34 plate appearances over 18 games. He’s otherwise spent the year with Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he’s had some uncharacteristic struggles. The 25-year-old is hitting just .233/.319/.372 with four homers across 204 plate appearances in a hitter-friendly environment, his first season of below-average production in the minors.

To his credit, Peters has actually cut his strikeout rate to its lowest level (28.4%) since his 2016 stint in rookie ball. He also still has an additional minor league option year beyond this season, so the Rangers have time to give Peters plenty of run at Triple-A Round Rock if he sticks on the 40-man roster. There’s no real downside for Texas in taking a flyer on a player with obvious physical gifts who was squeezed off Los Angeles’ deeper roster.

Dodgers Acquire Danny Duffy From Royals

By Anthony Franco | July 29, 2021 at 9:23pm CDT

The Royals parted ways with one of the faces of their franchise this evening, announcing a trade to send  Danny Duffy   to the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later. Kansas City will include an undisclosed amount of cash to offset some or all of his remaining salary. To create 40-man roster space, the Dodgers designated outfielder  DJ Peters for assignment.

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Duffy had full no-trade rights as a 10-and-5 player (one with ten years of major league service, the five most recent having been with the same team). However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported a few weeks ago the Southern California native might be willing waive that protection to facilitate a deal to a West Coast club. That has indeed proven to be the case. The southpaw is currently on the 10-day injured list with a flexor strain in his throwing forearm, but Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore told reporters this week he’d be able to return at some point this season, perhaps near the end of August.

The move brings to an end — at least temporarily — Duffy’s long tenure in the Royals organization. Kansas City selected him out of high school in the third round of the 2007 draft. He made his big league debut in 2011 and has been with the club for over a decade, crossing the ten-year service milestone last month.

It was an unequivocally successful Kansas City tenure for Duffy, who emerged as a fixture in the rotation for almost the entirety of that time. He’s pitched to a 3.95 ERA across 1172 1/3 innings over the course of his career. A key piece of the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship team, Duffy signed a five-year, $65MM extension in January 2017.

That deal expires at the end of the season, though. With the Royals in fourth place in the AL Central, there’s plenty of sense in moving his final few months of team control to add some younger talent. For Duffy, the trade serves him well geographically and gives him an opportunity to pitch in a pennant race at the end of the year.

Of course, nothing stops the Royals from pursuing a reunion with Duffy this winter. He’s beloved amongst team personnel and fans. It seems that’s reciprocated, as the 32-year-old has gone on record in the past about his affinity for the organization and the city. The Royals haven’t been shy about pursuing free agent reunions with members of their mid-2010’s teams in recent years, and it’s possible they’ll take a similar course of action with Duffy during the upcoming offseason.

For the stretch run, the Dodgers are adding a pitcher who quietly had a fantastic start to the year — one that contributed to the Royals’ league-best record over the first few weeks of the season. Through his first seven starts, Duffy tossed 41 2/3 innings of 1.94 ERA/2.34 FIP ball. He struck out a lofty 28.2% of opposing hitters in that time against a tiny 7.1% walk rate and looked to have returned to the mid-rotation form he showed during his peak seasons.

Duffy landed on the IL with a flexor strain on May 17 and missed around five weeks. He built back arm strength on the fly upon his return, working shorter stints at the big league level rather than embarking upon a rehab assignment. Duffy stretched back out to five innings by early July, but he eventually went down with the same injury and landed on the IL on July 20.

It’s not clear how much volume Los Angeles can expect from Duffy, given that he won’t have much time to rehab from his latest injury. The Dodgers have been known to be on the hunt for starting pitching, but it’s also possible they activate Duffy as a multi-inning relief weapon. Whatever the role, the hope is he’ll be able to help the Dodgers in their battle with the Giants and Padres for the NL West and during their postseason run. The Duffy addition didn’t deter the Dodgers from putting together a prospect package likely to land  Max Scherzer from the Nationals.

Duffy is making $15.5MM this season, around $5.4MM of which remains to be paid. It’s not precisely clear how much of the tab the Royals are picking up. Duffy’s luxury tax figure (calculated by the contract’s average annual value, not actual salary) is $13MM — so he carries an approximate $4.5MM luxury number the rest of the way. The Dodgers have already exceeded $260MM in luxury tax obligations, according to Jason Martinez of Roster Resource . That puts them in the highest bracket, so they’ll pay a 62.5% tax on any expenditures they take on this summer (on Duffy’s contract and other potential acquisitions).

To determine their return, the Royals will be free to choose from an agreed-upon list of players in the Dodgers’ system. They’ll have up to six months to make a decision, with the PTBNL setup particularly helpful for teams to continue to evaluate prospects after last year’s minor league season was canceled. Players selected in the 2021 draft cannot be traded as players to be named later until after the season is finished.

Peters has long been considered one of the more interesting position player prospects in the Dodgers organization. His combination of big raw power and speed has impressed scouts, and he’s generally been productive at the minor league level despite a sky-high strikeout rate. That hasn’t been the case this season, though, as the right-handed hitter has stumbled to a .223/.319/.372 line over 204 plate appearances with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The Dodgers could trade Peters before tomorrow’s deadline. If they don’t, he’ll find himself on waivers. Between his proximity to the big leagues (Peters actually made a brief debut this year), decent prospect pedigree, and pair of remaining minor league option years, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he finds himself on another roster in the coming days.

Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported that Duffy was being traded to the Dodgers. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported the Royals would receive a player to be named later.  Jon Heyman of MLB Network  reported the inclusion of cash in the deal.

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Well, the Dodgers went out and acquired a starting pitcher. However, not the one you were expecting. The Dodgers on Thursday acquired left-handed starter Danny Duffy and cash considerations from the Royals for a player to be named later.

The news was first reported by Jeff Passan of ESPN:

The Los Angeles Dodgers are finalizing a deal to acquire left-hander Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals, sources tell ESPN. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2021

At the moment, Duffy is on the injured list with a flexor strain. He previously missed a month this season with left forearm flexor strain. Duffy has 10-5 rights, as he’s spent his entire career with the Royals, but he’s expected to waive them.

The acquisition won’t cost too much at all, as the Dodgers won’t have to send away a top prospect for the rental of Duffy. The Dodgers will also acquire cash from the Royals in the deal.

Royals GM Dayton Moore explained the PTBNL situation as this: They have a group of players they will scout for the next two months. It does not sound as if Danny Duffy's availability for LA will matter at all in terms of the PTBNL return. That's why they included cash. — Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) July 30, 2021

Duffy went to Cabrillo High School in California, so he now gets to be closer to home.

A free-agent at the end of the season, Duffy is currently having one of the best seasons of his career. He’s 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA and 3.38 FIP. His SO/9 average of 9.6 is the highest of his 11-year career.

Duffy adds depth to the Dodgers’ starting rotation and likely will slide into the bullpen in October. It’s tough to see this being the only Dodgers’ move of the deadline.

With Duffy taking up a roster spot, outfielder DJ Peters was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Peters appeared in 18 games for the Dodgers this season, batting .192 with one homer and four RBI. In five minor league seasons with the Dodgers organization, he hit .266 with 96 homers and 290 RBI. He had been with the organization since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 First Year Player Draft out of Western Nevada College.

Outfielder DJ Peters was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Duffy.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers longtime outfield prospect DJ Peters will be moving from triple-A to the majors, but not in the way that he was planning. The Dodgers designated the 25-year-old for assignment on July 29th. When a player is designated for assignment, he may either be traded or placed on waivers by the designating club. Other teams then have a chance to claim the player via the waiver wire. If the player is not claimed by another team, then he is either sent to the minors or released. Peters was already in triple-A when he was designated for assignment, so he was going to be released by the Dodgers. But the Texas Rangers submitted a waiver claim for Peters on the waiver wire. Now DJ Peters is the newest member of the Texas Rangers.

Peters brought attention towards himself in Spring Training of 2018 when he batted to a .409/.409/.864 slash line. He hit three home runs and batted in five runs in 22 at-bats. But the Dodgers did not have room for him in the outfield and he was striking out too much. As a result, Peters remained in double-A until his promotion to triple-A in 2019. It was not until 2021 that he would get a shot at the major league roster – and a limited shot at that. This season, Peters has batted to a .192/.382/.385 slash line with one home run. In his 26 major league at-bats, he struck out 14 times.

Peters Regressing, Rangers Claim From Dodgers

This season has been the lowest amount of home runs that DJ Peters has hit in his career. He hit 27 home runs in 2017 for the Dodgers high-A affiliate. Then in 2018, Peters hit a career-high 29 home runs in double-A. In 2019 for Oklahoma City, Peters hit 12 home runs and had 39 RBI in 208 at-bats. Combined in 2019 between double and triple-A, Peters hit 23 home runs. For the Dodgers triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City this season, Peters slashed .234/.317/.370. In addition, Peters only has four home runs and 19 RBI in 184 at-bats.

Peters looks to make a fresh start in Texas for the Rangers, where he will reportedly be a bench player to start his career there. But with the Dodgers full outfield, there was no place for Peters to play. Year after year, the Dodgers made improvements to their outfield. Cody Bellinger won the MVP and the Dodgers signed AJ Pollock. Then they added Mookie Betts as well. Add to that the fact that Chris Taylor’s performance this season has been excellent, and changing teams seems to be the best option for DJ Peters. Hopefully, DJ is able to settle into a long career in the majors with Texas.

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Dodgers: DJ Peters Reflects Fondly on Los Angeles in Rangers Debut

DJ Peters was one of the cooler storylines around the Dodgers this year. Given that DJ was a local kid and grew up going to game at Chavez Ravine, fans in Los Angeles loved him getting to the big leagues. 

But Peters was forced into action earlier than anticipated this year after the Dodgers suffered a series of injures. When those guys all started to return or be activated, there didn’t seem to be room n the active or 40-man roster for DJ. 

That resulted in the big outfielder being designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week. He did not go unclaimed on waivers either as the Texas Rangers steep in to claim him. In his introductory press conference , Peters had some very kind words for his former team. 

I absolutely loved the Dodgers organization. They’re awesome people and some really great people started my career there. And I made it to the big leagues there. So they will always have a special place being, growing up there as well. But really fortunate to be here.

Hearing that DJ enjoyed his time with the Dodgers is obviously good to hear from the fan side of things. He might be with another team now, but Los Angeles is where he made his dream of making it to the big leagues come true. 

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All told, Peters spent the better part of 5 years in the Dodgers organization before his departure. He was always one heck of a prospect coming up through the system, and we all wish him the best out in Texas!

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D.J. The best to you and…. YOU will be successful , You have a lot of talent and it is well noticed , continue the hard work ! and again I say success will follow .

I was shocked they dfa’d him before Reks, Raley, or Neuse. Peters had a chance to be a 5 tool player compared to the other 3 guys. He could play better D w/ his athleticism, speed, arm, and power. If he only could shorten his swing a bit and be more disciplined @ the plate. If he could’ve worked for good pitches to hit and got more hits and walks instead of KO’s, he still might be around. I predict if he keeps working on that, and w/ his natural athleticism he will make the major leagues because he is coachable.

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