Dodgers replace lefty Caleb Ferguson with veteran free agent bullpen signing

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These Dodgers might never be done. One might think that after Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow, and so on and so forth, on top of the household names they already have on the roster, they could sit back and rest on their laurels, but they still don't seem content. It's always win-now mode for the Dodgers, but LA is taking it to a new extreme.

Per FanSided's insider Robert Murray, 36-year-old reliever Justin Wilson is signing with the Dodgers. He might not be as high-impact for the team as any of their literal heavy hitters and didn't pitch in 2023 due to injury, but he'll be added to a bullpen filled with some of the best arms in the game and could be a reclamation project to watch the Dodgers work their magic on throughout the season.

Dodgers replace Caleb Ferguson with veteran reliever Justin Wilson

Wilson was actually a 37th-round draft pick for the Dodgers back in 2005, but he didn't sign and opted to go to college at Fresno State instead. He was drafted again, this time by the Pirates in the fifth round, in 2008. Since then, he's put 11 MLB seasons in the books for six different teams to varying effect. He was with the Brewers on a one-year deal in 2023, but wasn't able to pitch after a lat injury. Prior to that, he looked pretty good for the Reds before he had to undergo Tommy John that kept him to 20 innings with them between 2021 and 2022.

In 2021 with the Reds, after a trade from the Yankees at the deadline, he appeared in 21 games but only pitched 16 innings, mostly as a spot reliever. He looked much better with the Reds than he did with the Yankees earlier that season, pitching for a 2.81 ERA in Cincinnati versus a 7.50 ERA in New York. He hasn't pitched more than 50 innings since 2018 with the Cubs, but both Wilson and the Dodgers clearly believe he still has gas in the tank.

The Dodgers' late-offseason moves have mostly been centered around the bullpen, with Caleb Ferguson going to the Yankees earlier this month and Ryan Brasier re-signing with the team. LA will be looking to capitalize on a hopefully now-healthy Wilson and try to recover the groove he seemed to have gotten back into in Cincinnati.