After an incredible first season as a Dodger last year in which he posted a 1.02 ERA in 33 outings, Yency Almonte looks like a completely different pitcher this year. And not in a good way.
The 28-year-old righty has shown glimpses of promise over the course of his six-year big league career, but the wheels appear to be falling off for him this year. Oddly enough, he seems to alternate between solid and terrible seasons, and we are right in the middle of a terrible one.
Through 22 outings this year, Almonte has a 7.04 ERA thanks to 18 earned runs on 23 hits and 10 walks. He's struck out just 17 in 21 innings of work, which is another concerning number for him. Historically, he's much more of a ground ball pitcher than a strikeout artist, but his Ks are going down while walks, hits and home runs per nine innings are all heading in the wrong direction.
Unlike Chris Taylor, Almonte is still arbitration eligible and can easily be non-tendered at the end of the 2023 campaign, if he even makes it that far. His lack of minor-league options means that the Dodgers would have to try and pass him through waivers before either demoting or releasing him, but his cheap salary suggests that his loss would not be a massive financial blow for the team if that's the chosen route.