Dodgers News: LA signs ex-Marlins pitcher, 2023 giveaway schedule, Will Smith
The Los Angeles Dodgers haven't shopped atop the market this offseason, but they've made plentiful minor-league deals lately in an attempt to flesh out their Triple-A depth in Oklahoma City.
Unfortunately, the highest praise we can give this latest batch of signings is:Markedly Less Encouraging Than Kevin Pillar.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Dodgers announced a trio of signings: right-handers Jordan Yamamoto, Wander Suero and Kevin Gowdy, all of whom have some work to do before they're viable big-league contributors again.
Yamamoto is the highest-profile name; he went 4-5 as a 23-year-old rookie with the 2019 Miami Marlins, striking out over a batter per inning (82 in 78.2 innings) and posting a 4.46 ERA. His post-pandemic tenure was less exciting. In a few 2020 spot starts for the Mets, he put up an 18.26 mark, and last year, he maintained a 6.00 ERA across three levels of the Mets' minors, many of his appearances coming at Double-A Binghamton.
Gowdy, an ex-second-rounder with the Phillies who missed two years to Tommy John rehab, transitioned to the bullpen last season and left with a 9.90 ERA as a reward for his experimentation. According to MiLB.com, he's been assigned to Double-A with the Dodgers. Suero hasn't pitched in MLB since 2021, but during the Nationals' championship season, he absorbed 71.1 innings of bullpen work, striking out 81 with a 4.54 ERA.
Yamamoto was the first to chime in regarding his pride in his new home.
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*The Los Angeles Dodgers' 2023 promotional schedule has been released! Highlights include eight -- count 'em, EIGHT -- bobblehead days, beginning on April 1 with a Freddie Freeman doll:
"April 1: Freddie Freeman April 3: Julio Urías May 1: Dustin May May 15: Mookie Betts June 13: Will Smith June 15: Clayton Kershaw July 3: Gavin Lux July 6: Tony Gonsolin"- Dodgers' Bobblehead Schedule 2023
Make sure to show up early on April 18, too, for a replica Vin Scully jersey to honor his debut on the mic.
*Per The Athletic's Fabian Ardaya, the Dodgers have yet to begin extension talks with catcher Will Smith. Though he represents a lower priority than Julio Urías, whose departure would be more immediate, the team should be careful before they shirk a true talent at a premium position.
*The Boston Red Sox traded reliever Josh Taylor for shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, who's missed chunks of games in all of his big-league seasons. His career-high mark was 102, a year (2019) in which he posted an OPS+ of 85.
*The Oakland A's signed first baseman Jesús Aguilar. In future news, a fringe contender has traded for first baseman Jesús Aguilar at the 2023 deadline.
*Anthony Rizzo reportedly pestered Aaron Judge to re-sign with photos of his dog Kevin Rizzo running alongside Judge's pooch. In an attempt not to be outdone, San Francisco's front office texted Judge 800 photos of a lizard in a bucket. Pretty out of touch.
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