Last season, Kristopher Negron was traded to the Dodgers from the Seattle Mariners as a result of a plethora of injuries that plagued LA’s depth. While the organization surely was not expecting much from him offensively, he showed well for the Dodgers and posted a respectable .259 batting average.
At age 33, Negron announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after playing parts of six seasons for the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to Mark Feinsand, the executive reporter for MLB.com, Kristopher Negron has accepted a position in the Seattle Mariners front office as an Assistant to Director of Player Development.
Kristopher Negrón, who retired earlier this month after spending 2019 with the Mariners and Dodgers, was named Seattle's new Assistant to Director of Player Development.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 19, 2019
Negron has definitely seen a lot around baseball since being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2006 and probably has a very solid foundation of knowledge to qualify him for this occupation. This is a sweet gig for Negron as he gets to stay around the game of baseball in his next chapter of life.
Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay shared his thoughts on Negron.
I’ve had the unique perspective of watching Kris play in high school, competing against him in junior college, and then having him be part of the Mariner family the past few years. During these 15 years, whether it was in high school or the Major Leagues, Kris has earned an unparalleled level of respect from his coaches, teammates, fans and members of the media.
We couldn’t be more excited to bring Kris into player development where he will immediately begin to impact our people and our process both on and off the field. This is a great day for the Mariners.
The 33-year-old finished his career with a lifetime .221 batting average and .627 on-base plus slugging percentage across 170 games. He is the definition of an MLB journeyman, but he now gets to take his journey further as a member of the Seattle Mariners front office.
Best of luck to Kristopher Negron in this next phase of his baseball life.