Brett Eibner earned his first major-league opportunity in 2016, helping to fill in for an injured Alex Gordon. The Royals shipped him to Oakland for Billy Burns around the trade deadline, and Eibner proceeded to hit just .165/.252/.303 in 123 plate appearances with the A's. At least that came with six home runs, as he flashed the tool he showcased the most in an otherwise unexciting minor league career. He hit .303 and .289 at the Triple-A level in 2015 and 2016, respectively, but of course, that came as a 26- and 27-year-old in the PCL, so it's not that exciting. Eibner flashed solid defense last year and high walk rates throughout his professional career, although he's pretty low on the depth chart now that he's a member of the Dodgers organization. If something were to happen to LA's regular outfielders, perhaps he would deserve a look in deep leagues where any amount of playing time matters, but there's not enough here to warrant consideration in standard formats.
Eibner was optioned to minor league camp Tuesday. Eibner was traded to the Dodgers in January and has spent spring camp battling for a major league backup outfield role. With a plethora of outfield options available, the team decided it was best for the 28-year-old to begin the season in the minor leagues. He'll have a chance to return to the big league club if an injury arises to one of the regular outfielders.
Eibner had a big day at the plate Monday, going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a triple and a trio of RBI in a spring training loss to the Rockies. Eibner got into the game earlier than expected after Andre Ethier was removed with a minor back ailment. The big day brought Eibner's spring batting average up to .316 with a homer and six RBI in 19 at-bats. The Dodgers are currently loaded with talent at the outfield position, so the 28-year-old journeyman outfielder isn't considered a candidate to make the 25-man roster. He would, however, be an option to be called up should injuries strike one of the Dodgers right-handed outfielders during the season.
Eibner was traded to the Dodgers for a minor leaguer Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. It's a new opportunity for Eibner, who was designated for assignment after batting .193 over 70 games between Kansas City and Oakland last season. The move likely provides outfield depth for the Dodgers, as the team currently has eight outfielders on their 40-man roster. Eibner faces an uphill battle to earn a spot in the outfield, but certainly has the potential to turn some heads in spring training with his athleticism.
Eibner was designated for assignment on Friday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. The A's needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Santiago Casilla, and Eibner was the casualty. He was a productive hitter at Triple-A for both the Royals and A's last year, but posted just a 65 wRC+ in 208 plate appearances in the big leagues. He is now seventh on the organizational outfield depth chart, and should struggle to see significant playing time in 2017.
Eibner was 2-for-4 with four RBI on Friday night, including a three-run homer, his sixth bomb of the year. Eibner has warmed a bit recently with multi-hit games in three of his past six starts. Since being acquired by the A's in early August, he has posted a .217 / .304 / .406 slash line with three homers in 69 at-bats. He should receive semi-regular starts the final two and half weeks in the A's outfield.