Dodgers Sign Reliever Louis Coleman to a Major-League Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed reliever Louis Coleman, who released by the Kansas City Royals on February 3, 2016.

Coleman was signed by the Royals in the fifth round of the 2009 draft out of Louisiana State University. He made his major league debut in 2011 and showed some promise, pitching two perfect innings in his debut. Coleman is a middle reliever who pitched 177.1 innings in 152 games in his five seasons in Kansas City, posting a 3.20 ERA with a WHIP of 1.252 and striking out 186 batters.

Coleman, a 6-fot-4 right-hander from Mississippi, will turn 30 years old on Opening Day. The contract is a major-league contract worth $750,000, which means the Dodgers will have to open up a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him. The most likely corresponding move would be placing injured starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy on the 60-day disabled list, as he is unlikely to be ready to return from Tommy John surgery before July anyway.

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