Dodgers Roster: Sheldon Neuse In Limbo After Getting Designated For Assignment
Sheldon Neuse
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Sheldon Neuse was designated for assignment as the corresponding move on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 40-man roster in order to officially re-sign Chris Taylor to a four-year contract. His deal worth a reported $60 million and includes a $12 million team option ($4 million buyout) for 2026.

Under normal circumstances, Neuse would have clarity on his future within a week’s time. However, with MLB team owners imposing a lockout, Neuse will remain in DFA limbo until a new collective bargaining agreement is in place.

Neuse just completed his first season with the Dodgers after getting acquired along with Gus Varland in a February trade that sent Adam Kolarek and Cody Thomas to the Oakland Athletics.

Neuse began the 2021 season at the Dodgers’ alternate training site but joined the team in the middle of April because Gavin Lux spent time on the 10-day injured list due to right wrist soreness.

Neuse was shuttled on and off the roster with some frequency, and never generated much traction while up with the Dodgers. He went 11-for-65 (.169) with one double, three home runs and four RBI over 33 games (13 starts).

During time spent with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Neuse batted .293/.352/.478 with 13 doubles, 13 home runs and 56 RBI over 78 games.

Neuse was taken by the Washington Nationals with the No. 58 overall pick in the 2016 Draft, but was packaged along with Blake Treinen and Jesús Luzardo to the Athletics for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson in 2017.

Neuse went on to make his MLB debut in 2019 with the A’s. He appeared in 25 games and spent time at second base and third base.

Dodgers outlook heading into lockout

While Corey Seager and Max Scherzer departed in free agency, the Dodgers signed Daniel Hudson and retained Taylor prior to the MLB lockout officially began. It’s the ninth work stoppage in MLB history.

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