David Dahl was granted free agency in Dec. 2020 after four years with the Colorado Rockies. A few weeks later, he was signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year deal worth $2.7 million.
Due to injuries, he spent significant time in the minors or on the injured list. In 63 games for the Rangers, Dahl hit .210/.247/.322 with a +55 OPS.
For his career Dahl has hit .272/.319/.463 with a +95 OPS. He bats left and throws right and can play either corner outfield position. He’s certainly someone you would want to consider for your team, even if it is for a bench spot.
In early August, the Rangers gave up on their experiment with Dahl and released him. When you take a look at their roster and depth chart, it is awfully curious why the Rangers would give up on Dahl even with all of his injuries.
Dahl was signed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and is with their Nashville affiliate.
The injury issues were probably a huge red flag for Mozeliak. It would have been interesting, but the Cardinals have enough players that fit this mold. With the core of Tyler O’Neill, Harrison Bader and Dylan Carlson, the team has received help from a variety of options mostly from their own minor league system.
Considering Dahl’s time on the injured list and in the minors this season, he would have been another person on the team’s injured list possibly preventing a healthy, productive minor league outfielder from a spot. That would be frustrating.