The Dodgers took a hit to their depth when Scott Alexander went down, and now they have boosted their depth by signing Zac Rosscup.
Earlier today we talked about the Dodgers’ lack of left-handed reliever depth, and the Dodgers addressed the issue by signing Zac Rosscup to a minor league deal. Rosscup had pitched for the Mariners and Blue Jays this season and will now head out to OKC to pitch in triple-A, giving the Dodgers some depth from the left side.
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This season, Rosscup sports a 4.80 ERA and an ugly WHIP of 2.13 but the Dodgers liked what they saw in him last season and decided to bring him back. With the Dodgers last year he pitched to a 4.76 ERA but against left-handed hitters, he wasn’t bad. He held lefties to a .143 batting average and recorded almost half of his outs against lefties via the strikeout.
Andrew Friedman knows Rosscup well as he drafted him back in 2009 with the Tampa Bay Rays. Zac was a 28th round pick and is currently 31 years old. He throws his fastball in the low 90’s and also features a slider and changeup. This will be his second stint in blue after the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from the Rockies last season.
The Dodgers may not call Rosscup up but he gives them another lefty in the minors in case an injury occurs or Julio Urias gets moved into the rotation at some point. There has not been a report yet on how long Scott Alexander should be out, but he is dealing with forearm inflammation which is usually a precursor to more serious arm issues.
The OKC Dodgers will get a second lefty in their bullpen with the addition of Rosscup. Adam McCreery is currently the only healthy left-handed reliever in their bullpen. So while Zac gives the LA Dodgers more depth, he also gives the OKC Dodgers a second lefty specialist to use. This depth move helps the depth at both levels while Andrew Friedman continues to look for a bigger relief addition before the trade deadline.