Utility worker Matt Beatty He opted for free agency after being waived by the Padres, the team announced. As a player with more than three years of major league service, he had the right to decline a minor league assignment.
Beatty, 29, took to the open market in search of a new opportunity. His time in San Diego did not go well, as his left shoulder problem lasted for three months. He made just 20 big league appearances as a Friar and tallied 47 plate appearances, hitting .093/.170/.163 with two extra base hits. He spent more time in the alternate assignment for Triple-A El Paso, where he compiled a .270/.366/.349 line in 145 trips to the plate. Beatty showed strong strike zone awareness in the minors but connected on just two home runs in the coincidentally friendly Pacific Coast League.
A difficult 2022 season aside, the left-handed hitting Beaty should find some interest on the open market. He spent two years as a productive utility bat for the division rival Dodgers before his lone season in San Diego. Beatty posted an above-average .270/.363/.402 line in 234 MLB plate appearances last season, connecting on seven homers and hitting just 18.8 percent of his trips to the plate. In addition to his strong contact skills, Beatty can play all four corner positions and looks like a comfortable bat-first platoon option off the bench. For the job, it carries a useful .252/.324/.412 line in the right-handed grip.
BT is free to explore opportunities with other clubs, but at this point he can wait until the end of the season. There are only three weeks left in the regular season schedule, and he is now ineligible for postseason play this year. Only players on the roster as of August 31st can participate in the game. Beatty will be arbitration-eligible for next season (and two more years) if another team wants to give him a 40-man roster spot, but his recent waivers suggest he could look at minor league offers along with spring training invites.