RHP Brandon Beachy has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers worth $2.75 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Beachy spent last season in the dugout recovering from Tommy John Surgery with the Atlanta Braves. In 2013, he missed considerable time with a bone spur and inflamed tissue in his elbow, and missed the second half of 2012 after an earlier Tommy John Surgery. Needless to say, the 28-year old hasn’t seen too much time playing – he’s only pitched 110 innings in the last three seasons. He’ll continue his streak of time lost, as he is expected to start the season on the DL. But when he’s been healthy, Beachy has been good; since 2012, he’s gone 7-6 with a 2.68 ERA over 18 games.
Despite his good track record, there might not be room for him in a crowded Dodgers rotation, which already has Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin-Ryu, Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson. Barring injury, he’ll likely start in the bullpen due to the current depth.
The value of the deal makes sense for the most part. Beachy has only two full seasons of Major League experience and 267 innings pitched under his belt. The Dodgers are taking a small chance due to how injury-prone he is, but he has the ability to shine in Hollywood and possibly take on a larger role if and when Greinke and others leave the rotation.
Over four years, Beachy has gone 14-11 with a 3.23 ERA and 275 strikeouts.