The Dodgers signed free agent right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy to a one-year contract Saturday with a club option for 2016.
To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow on the 60-day disabled list.
If healthy, Beachy adds depth to a rotation that had only a spattering of major-league experience beyond the top five.
Beachy was leading the majors with a 2.00 ERA and a .171 opponents’ batting average when he tore the UCL in his right elbow in June 2012. He underwent Tommy John surgery on June 21.
Following rehab, he made five starts with the Braves in 2013 and needed a second Tommy John surgery on March 21, 2014. He missed all of last season.
Beachy is 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA in 46 career Major League starts. He’ll wear number 37 with the Dodgers.
About a month ago, I wrote that the Dodgers’ bullpen could be a weakness if Kenley Jansen got hurt.
We’re about to find out if that’s true.
Jansen, who saved 44 games in 49 opportunities in his first full season as the Dodgers’ closer last year, had surgery Tuesday to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot. He is expected to miss the next 8-12 weeks.
The 27-year-old pitcher had been training at Dodger Stadium since January. According to the team, Jansen first reported discomfort in his left foot while running last week. A subsequent x-ray, MRI and CT scan showed the problem in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot. The surgery was performed by Drs. Earl Brien and David Thordarson under the direction of Dr. Neal ElAttrache at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Continue reading
Shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was designated for assignment nine days ago with four years remaining on his $25 million contract, is also in that group.
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The contract is unofficial because it is pending a physical. The Dodgers have not confirmed the signing.
The Dodgers continued a furious Winter Meetings trade spree Thursday morning by dealing Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres. Kemp, a star outfielder and the Dodgers’ longest tenured player, has been informed of the trade, which has not been announced by either team because it is still pending approval from the league.
Soon, Kemp will be heading south along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and pitcher Zach Eflin, according to multiple reports.
The full story is here.
The Dodgers had been pursuing multiple deals to acquire a shortstop who would not be bound to a long-term contract. Rollins, 36, whose contract expires after the 2015 season, certainly fits that bill. Although he had the right to veto any trade because of his service time in Philadelphia, he apparently had no problem coming to Los Angeles.
It is unknown at this time who the Dodgers would be giving up to acquire Rollins, or if a third or fourth team is involved.
Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that 20-year-old prospect Corey Seager is expected to be in the team’s major league camp during spring training. But his chances of being the Dodgers’ Opening Day shortstop were slim.
“When you have a guy like Corey (Seager) — we’re not going into the season expecting him to contribute,” Zaidi said. “If he works his way into the lineup, great. We’re not expecting him to contribute. The guys that we’re looking at are all in the kind of timeframe where we’re comfortable if they’re a good fit this year.
“We value positional versatility too. So guys that aren’t only shortstops can move around the infield and accommodate Seager a year from now or whatever, I think guys like that will be of value to us as well.”
Rollins has played 18,080 innings at shortstop in a 15-year career and one-third of an inning at second base. He has 2,306 career hits — most in Phillies history — including 216 home runs and 453 stolen bases. In 2014, playing at the hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, Rollins batted .243 with 17 home runs and 28 stolen bases.
The trade would be the Dodgers’ first major deal under new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who previously acquired veteran reliever Joel Peralta from the Tampa Bay Rays in November.
The Dodgers agreed to terms on a one-year contract with infielder Darwin Barney. Their other remaining arbitration-eligible players were all tendered contacts (Drew Butera, A.J. Ellis, Dee Gordon, Chris Heisey, Kenley Jansen, Juan Nicasio, Justin Turner).
Heisey was acquired earlier today in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds.
The bottom line: The Dodgers’ 40-man roster remained the same on a day when many teams’ rosters shrank.
Heisey, who turns 30 on December 14, joins a crowded outfield situation in Los Angeles after appearing in 119 games last season for Cincinnati, his fifth major-league season. The right-handed hitter owns a career slash line of .247/.299/.422 in 543 games, all with the Reds.
Magill, 25, spent all of 2014 at Triple-A Albuquerque. The Simi Valley native had an 0-2 record and a 6.51 ERA in six starts for the Dodgers in 2013.
The Dodgers face an 8:59 p.m. deadline to tender a contract to players with less than six years’ service time. Those who were not tendered a contract today by their 2014 teams are free agents. Trades such as these are common when teams have a need for a player who will not be tendered a contract by their current club.
The pertinent question now is: Why do the Dodgers need another outfielder? Stay tuned.