Veteran DFA'd For 5th TIME This Season

What a long, strange trip it's been for Mike Ford this season. As the ultimate "road warrior" this year, the first baseman has played with four different teams in 2022, and has now been DFA'd for the fifth time. 

The Seattle Mariners actually designated him for assignment twice, the San Francisco Giants once, the Atlanta Braves released him, and now the Angels have DFA'd him once again. 

The 30-year-old's journey began in March, when he signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners. Seattle DFA'd him in April. 

On May 1st, the Mariners traded him to the San Francisco Giants. But after just one game—in which he drove in a pair of runs—San Francisco demoted him to Triple-A and eventually designated him for assignment, and then actually traded him back to the Mariners for cash considerations.

In 16 games in his second go-round with the Mariners, he hit .172, and he was then—you guessed it—DFA'd once again by Seattle. The Braves picked him up, he had five hitless games for them, and back out onto the market he went, where the Angels grabbed him. 

Since then Ford has actually played in 28 games for the Angels, hitting .231 with three homers. But with the surprising return of Anthony Rendon to the roster, he's been removed from the 40-man. 

He's just 30 years old, but Ford has had enough of a journey this season for an entire career. 

Ford could still report to the Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett if he isn't claimed off waivers.

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