The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement with right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy on a one-year deal, including a 2016 team option, according to his agency, ICON Sports, and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Beachy will be paid $2.75 million in guaranteed money, as well as a 2016 team option that will pay him anywhere from $3 million to $6 million, depending on how much playing time he gets this season.
According to Rosenthal, Beachy will most likely have to miss the first half of the 2015 season, as he will be recovering from his second Tommy John surgery that was performed before the 2014 campaign, which caused him to miss the entire season. Even if the 28-year-old right-hander is unable to make a reasonable impact on the club this year, he will be giving the Dodgers’ pitching staff some depth for 2016.
After the 2015 season, right-hander Zach Greinke, who will likely opt out of his contract, and left-hander Brett Anderson could be free agents, leaving holes behind in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. If Beachy pitches in the rotation this year, he will join right-hander Brandon McCarthy as the newcomers to the pitching staff.
One reason that may have swayed Beachy to come to Los Angeles are that Dodgers’ front-office executive Pat Corrales, who had watched him work out last month, used to be a coach for the Atlanta Braves, his former team, and one of the club’s front-office member. Another reason that explains why Beachy is heading to the a Dodgers is that the surgeon who had performed his Tommy John surgery, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, is also the Dodgers’ team doctor.
During his 2013 campaign with the Braves, his last season pitching before he got injured, Beachy pitched to a 2-1 record, along with a 4.50 ERA, 84 ERA+ and a 4.08 FIP, in 30 innings pitched over five starts. During the 2011-12 seasons, he had a 12-8 record, along with a 3.07 ERA (2.00 ERA in 13 starts in 2012 before going down with Tommy John surgery), 127 ERA+ and a 3.30 FIP, in 222 and 2/3 innings pitched over 38 starts. Over his four-year career (2010-13), he has a 14-11 record, along with a career 3.23 ERA in 46 career starts.