The Dodgers have signed right-hander Brandon Beachy on Sunday to a 1-year major league contract, MLB insider (and idol to all of us here at MLBNLAL) Ken Rosenthal reported on Sunday. The contract garuntees Beachy $2.75 million for 2015 with a 2016 option that could be anywhere between $3 million and $6 million. Beachy is expected to start the season on the disabled list while recovering from tommy john surgery, but LA’s front office has expressed confidence that he can become a force in the back of the rotation or in the bullpen and help with the Dodgers’ playoff push.
Beachy’s career started out in Atlanta, where he showed flashes of promise but struggled with injury. The tommy john surgery he is currently recovering from is actually his second; he was forced to undergo his first after suffering a torn ligament in June of 2012. At that point in the 2012 season, Beachy was leading the majors in ERA and was often compared to a young Kerry Wood. He returned in July of 2013, but only made five starts before being put back on the disabled list for bone chips in his elbow. After undergoing another surgery to remove those, he was told in 2014 spring training that he would need another Tommy John surgery after damaging the same ligament in his elbow.
Beachy is the third back-end starter the Dodgers have signed this offseason, along with Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson. All three pitchers have an extensive injury history and re-injury risk. If either McCarthy or Anderson gets hurt, Beachy will probably find himself in the starting rotation. If not, he will either take a spot in the bullpen or force Don Mattingly to decide between him and Anderson for the #5 starter role. Both Beachy and Anderson are only signed to one-year deals, however Beachy’s contract carries a club option for 2016. If the Dodgers like what they see out of the 28-year-old, they could cut Anderson and keep Beachy as a long-term solution for the back end of the rotation.
When asked about Beachy’s signing at spring training, Dodgers GM Farhan Ziadi called him “a valued target for us” despite the fact that he won’t be ready to go until, in Ziadi’s opinion, around the All-Star break. Part of that value, no doubt, is because Beachy is typically a ground-ball pitcher, which should go nicely with the Dodgers’ improved infield defense. Beachy was reportedly drawn to the Dodgers in part because Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed his tommy john surgeries, is based in Los Angeles. (In fact, Dr. ElAttrache recently operated on Lakers star Kobe Bryant after Bryant tore his rotator cuff.) It also doesn’t hurt that Beachy’s first career win came at Dodger Stadium.
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