Monday, November 29, 2021

Former Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney agrees to deal with Dodgers

Andrew Heaney is a dodger again. This time, it is expected to stay while the Dodgers reestablish their original rotation depth for 2022.

On Monday, Heaney and the Dodgers agreed on a $ 8.5 million annual deal prior to the physical, according to a person familiar with the situation. This will be Heaney’s second time at the club. His first one ended in a moment.

The Dodgers acquired the left-handed pitcher in December 2014 as part of a seven-player deal with the Miami Marlins. Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas and Dan Haren went to Miami. Kike Hernandez, Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher and Heaney traveled to Los Angeles. On the same day, Heaney was traded to the Angels on Kendrick’s Howie.

Heaney, 30, is experiencing an unforgettable rift in the 2021 season between the Angels and the New York Yankees, who acquired him on the July 30 trade deadline. He averaged 5.83 runs in 129 2/3 innings in 30 games (23 starts). He posted an ERA + 76 (100 on average). The abandonment of home runs was the source of his struggle. He had 29 home runs and 1.88 home runs in nine innings – the sixth-highest among start pitchers with a minimum of 120 innings.

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Either way, Heaney has generated significant interest in the free agency market. The clubs are designing him as a reliable candidate for the mercy, and the left-hander Robbie Ray is the fashion designer.

Ray, 30, made a 6.62 ERA and gave up 30 home runs in 2020 before returning as a 2021 Sai Young Award contender on a $ 8 million one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Ray topped the strike majors (248). He was the leader in the American League in ERA (2.84) and innings (193 1/3). He has become a free agent again and is expected to receive significant multi-year offers.

Heaney joins the Dodgers club with rotation questions. Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer are free agents. Trevor Bauer is not expected to appear on the team again. Dustin May will not be ready for the start of next season following Tommy John surgery in May.

Julio Urias, Walker Buehler, Tony Gonsolin and David Price are healthy options that won’t face potential disqualification under club control in 2022. Andre Jackson believes he will contribute after debuting in 2021. Highly rated prospects Bobby Miller, Landon Knack and Ryan Pepiot are next in line.

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