Per Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Dodgers have signed third baseman Dallas McPherson to a minor-league contract, and while there’s no official word on an invite to major-league camp, it’s safe to assume.
McPherson was Brandon Wood before we knew who Brandon Wood was, coming up through the Anaheim system as a highly touted power prospect who many expected to be the successor to Troy Glaus. Despite being BA‘s #12 prospect headed into the 2005 season, he has just a .241/.292/.446 line in 446 plate appearances over parts of five MLB seasons for the Angels, Marlins, & White Sox — in no small part due to injuries, which cost him most or all of 2005 (hip), 2006-07 (back), and 2009 (back again).
Now 32, McPherson’s time as a prospect is long past — he was actually released by the Charlotte Knights in August and finished the season in Indianapolis — and despite my long-held soft spot for a third baseman who can hit from the left side, no, he’s not being signed to challenge Luis Cruz. To be honest, the uncertainty around Alex Castellanos‘ position makes the depth chart a challenging pursuit, though for now I expect McPherson will see most of the time at the hot corner in New Mexico.
That said, McPherson has built a career as a prodigious minor-league slugger — as Eddy notes, he “has bashed 144 HR at Triple-A for Pirates, White Sox, Athletics, Marlins & Angels” — and he’s actually played in Albuquerque before, hitting .275/.379/.618 with 42 homers for the 2008 Isotopes, back when they were a Marlins affiliate. So following in the footsteps of Josh Fields, John Lindsey, Mitch Jones, Terry Tiffee, and every other Quad-A type we’ve watched put up massive numbers at ABQ or Las Vegas in recent years, expect to hear from far, far too many people who want to promote him immediately after he’s destroying the ball in the PCL in May. Good times. I can’t wait.