Arizona D-backs Sign Joc Pederson to Boost Middle of Lineup in 2025

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have made another roster move this offseason, agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent Joc Pederson. The contract also includes a mutual option for 2025, according to a baseball source. The club has not confirmed the deal at this time.

Pederson’s addition strengthens the defending NL champions as they aim to improve upon their 84-78 regular season record and successful postseason run. In addition to Pederson, the Diamondbacks have also acquired third baseman Eugenio Suarez, left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, and re-signed outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen expressed the team’s desire to bolster their offense, particularly with a designated hitter who can make an impact in the middle of the lineup. While Pederson has played outfield in the past, his defensive skills are not his strong suit, and he is expected to primarily serve as a designated hitter against right-handed pitching.

Pederson had an impressive rookie season in 2015, earning an All-Star selection and hitting 26 home runs. He spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, consistently hitting 25 or more home runs in four of those seasons. In 2020, Pederson made a significant impact during the Dodgers’ World Series run, earning the nickname “Joctober” while posting impressive offensive numbers.

Looking ahead to the upcoming season, Pederson will strive to replicate his strong performance with the San Francisco Giants in 2022. During that season, he hit 23 home runs and achieved career-best numbers in various offensive metrics. Although Pederson experienced a slight decline in 2023, there are indications that he was somewhat unlucky at the plate, with a low batting average on balls in play (BABIP) and below-average home run-to-fly ball rate.

With the addition of Joc Pederson, the Diamondbacks continue to make moves to strengthen their roster and improve their chances for success in the upcoming season. The team’s general manager, Mike Hazen, remains committed to building a competitive offense that can make a substantial impact in the middle of the lineup. The mutual option for 2025 provides flexibility for both the player and the team, allowing them to evaluate their future partnership after the upcoming season.