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    Dodgers, outfielder Jake Marisnick reportedly agree to terms
    • July 13, 2023

    Dodgers fans have not welcomed the Houston Astros to Dodger Stadium since the controversial 2017 World Series. But a member of that Astros team will be suiting up in Dodger blue.

    The Dodgers have reportedly reached an agreement on a major-league contract with outfielder Jake Marisnick. The 32-year-old Riverside Poly High graduate was designated for assignment by the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, cleared waivers and became a free agent.

    The Dodgers will have to clear a 40-man roster spot before the move can become official. They moved right-hander Daniel Hudson to the 60-day injured list on Wednesday to add right-hander Tyson Miller to the 40-man.

    Marisnick is known as an above-average defensive outfielder. His best offensive season came in 2017 when he hit .243 with 16 home runs and an .815 OPS in 106 games. His season ended in September when he suffered a fractured thumb. He did not play in the postseason that culminated with the Astros beating the Dodgers.

    The Astros were later exposed as having used an elaborate sign-stealing system during the 2017 season.

    Marisnick has bounced around in recent years, playing for six teams in the past four seasons. He hit .232 with two home runs in 33 games for the Tigers this year.

    He has been better against left-handed pitching throughout his career – a .235 average and .707 OPS compared to .224 and .639 against right-handers. He could get playing time that would have gone to two other right-handed hitters – Trayce Thompson (out with an oblique injury) and Chris Taylor (likely to play a lot of second base when he returns from a knee injury now that Miguel Vargas has been demoted).

    Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes and Marisnick attended Riverside Poly and were one year apart.

    2024 SCHEDULE

    MLB unveiled the 2024 schedule on Thursday, with the domestic Opening Day on Thursday, March 28. The Dodgers will be home that day to begin a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium, but the Dodgers and San Diego Padres will already have opened the season with two games in Seoul, the first major league regular-season games ever played in South Korea.

    Each team will be the home team for one game in Seoul, with the Padres designated as the home team on March 20 and the Dodgers the next day.

    After the two games in South Korea, the Dodgers’ opening homestand is seven games, with three games against the San Francisco Giants (April 1-3) following the series against the Cardinals.

    They have two nine-game homestands – April 12-21 against the Padres, Nationals, and New York Mets; and Aug. 19-29 hosting the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Rays, and Baltimore Orioles.

    The Dodgers’ longest road trip is a nine-gamer against the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Arizona Diamondbacks from April 23-May 1.

    The regular-season Freeway Series games against the Angels next year will be June 21-22 (with a Sunday off for both teams) at Dodger Stadium and Sept. 3-4 at Angel Stadium.

    The Dodgers make their first trip to Yankee Stadium since 2016 for a three-game series on June 7-9.

    The Dodgers host the Nationals on Jackie Robinson Day (Monday, April 15).

    The Dodgers conclude the 2024 regular season with a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 27-29  in Denver.

    Next year’s All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 16, at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

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    ​ Orange County Register