After his return from the World Baseball Classic, Shawn was appointed to the minor league spring training camp of the Reds. But once there it became clear that he was abundant.
Pretty soon a new club knocked on Shawn’s door, this time an indy team from the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The Cleburne Railroaders were added to the league for the 2017 season. The team will play in a brand new stadium. Shawn will be one of the veterans on the team.
It is the first time for the 28-year old Aruban that he will play in independent baseball. From 2007-2014, he played for the organization of the Milwaukee Brewers. That team traded him to the LA Dodgers for whom he played in 2015 and 2016. After a season that he split between AA Tulsa Drillers and AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, Zarraga opted to become a free agent. Near the end of the 2016 MLB season, he was called up to fill a roster spot because catcher Carlos Ruiz had not arrived yet after he was traded to the Dodgers by the Phillies. Zarraga’s stay lasted only one day and he did not get any playing time.
In January, Zarraga signed with the Reds because he felt that they really wanted him there. Eventually, that appeared to be a delusion.