LHP Andrew Heaney headed to Los Angeles Dodgers on 1-year deal, source says

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who entered this offseason with quite a few holes to fill on their pitching employees, signed Andrew Heaney to a a single-calendar year deal worth $8.5 million, resources confirmed to ESPN on Monday.

Heaney, a 30-12 months-old left-handed starter, invested the bulk of the previous seven several years with the crosstown Angels, putting up a 4.67 Era with approximately 4 times as lots of strikeouts as walks in 605 innings.

Heaney spent most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons recovering from Tommy John operation but has because built only 3 reasonably quick visits to the hurt listing. His Era ballooned to 5.83 in 129⅔ innings past time, but some of the underlying figures painted his 2021 season a lot more favorably (most notably an common exit velocity of 89 mph, an expected Era of 4.03 and a swinging-strike share of 13.8).

The Dodgers have only Walker Buehler and Julio Urias returning from the 2021 rotation, however Tony Gonsolin and David Rate will also vie for solidified spots. The group is fascinated in bringing back Max Scherzer, who is poised to sign one of the sport’s richest offers on an once-a-year foundation, but will presumably be in enjoy for a number of large-identify no cost agents and trade candidates.

The Dodgers lately opted towards extending an $18.4 million qualifying offer to Clayton Kershaw mostly because of the forearm/elbow irritation that plagued him down the extend final period. The ailment saved Kershaw from taking part in the postseason and has established an air of mystery all over his health and fitness at the onset of this offseason. If Kershaw is wholesome and desires to return to the Dodgers — and if his hometown Texas Rangers usually are not way too much of a pull — both of those sides are predicted to perform a little something out.

Heaney, who made $6.75 million previous year, was traded to the New York Yankees in July, gave up 13 house runs in 35⅔ innings and used all of September in a very low-leverage bullpen part. He was selected for assignment on Oct. 5 and granted totally free company two days afterwards. Because of that, Heaney failed to have to wait around until finally the formal start out of free company — commonly 5 days immediately after the conclusion of the Earth Series — to converse with possible suitors. Heaney spoke with various teams right before choosing on the Dodgers.

The Athletic 1st described news of his signing.