The Diamondbacks have re-signed infielder Jake Hager to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Coaching, as announced over the weekend by the Triple-A Reno Aces.
Hager spent the vast majority of the 2022 season with Reno and slashed .261/.342/.391 with 5 dwelling runs and eight stolen bases in his 303 plate appearances on the Triple-A stage. He additionally acquired into 28 video games on the MLB stage and batted .240/.345/.280 with zero homers and nil steals throughout 59 plate appearances with the D-backs.
The 29-year-old journeyman — 30 in March — has confirmed able to dealing with each place on the infield defensively, however he’ll lug a tough .197 profession main league batting common and a .531 profession main league OPS into camp in Arizona. Hager might be going to be seen as organizational depth main into the 2023 marketing campaign, an choice to step in and no less than present competent a glove ought to one thing go awry with the Diamondbacks’ projected infield starters and bench fillers.
The present Arizona roster outlook has Josh Rojas and Emmanuel Rivera platooning at third base, Nick Ahmed dealing with shortstop duties and Ketel Marte locked in at second. Evan Longoria is an extra candidate for enjoying time on the sizzling nook, although it sounds just like the D-backs principally wish to use him as their DH. 23-year-old switch-hitter Geraldo Perdomo is an efficient wager for an energetic backup position between third, brief and second. Perdomo nonetheless has two choices remaining and will see extra common motion at Triple-A as effectively after a tough rookie season on the plate.