Late Monday night, the Marlins agreed to send Jensen to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named or cash considerations.
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Jensen has occupied a 40-man roster spot for the Marlins franchise for the past three years, but never once did called up to the majors, even when the Marlins suffered through various injuries in 2012 and 2013. The move likely opens a 40-man spot for the Marlins to add a future free agent or potentially some of their own players down the road to protect them from being plucked in the Rule V draft next month.
In 2014, he slashed .260/.331/.481 with 27 homers. His power has been well known in his minor league time. Jensen’s main weakness in his minor league career has been his problem making contact. He struck out in 26.4% of his plate appearances in AAA last year.
Jensen goes from one crowded outfield to another, as the Dodgers outfield situation has them seeking a trade partner for one for handful of outfield options.
Either way, Jensen could provide a decent right handed bench option for the Dodgers in 2015, one with a lot of pop.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jensen two years ago at a Birmingham Barons-Jacksonville Suns game and came away impressed with the right handers demeanor for a guy that’s been moved up the minor league latter rather slowly.