Ken Rosenthal was among those to initially report news of the deal; however, the team has yet to make the contract official as of late Saturday afternoon.
Cingrani was plagued by injuries last season, as he made just 30 appearances, pitching 22.2 innings and registering a 4.76 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Still, his 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings was a career-best for Cingrani in seasons in which he had pitched at least 10 games.
Cingrani gives the Dodgers an intriguing left-handed option out of the bullpen for next season, capable of getting out both righties and lefties consistently.
He held left-handed batters to just a .200 batting average last season, while righties were only able to hit .235 off him.
Cingrani has done a great job in recent years of decreasing his walk totals, as it was typically something he struggled with as a member of the Cincinnati Reds earlier in his career.
He averaged 4.6 walks per nine innings during his time with the Reds but has averaged just 2.6 walks per nine innings on the Dodgers.
The improved control has been the biggest factor in his lower WHIP since joining the Dodgers, as his hits per nine innings totals have remained pretty constant.
As a member of the Reds, Cingrani gave up 7.6 hits per nine innings, and that has dipped just slightly to 7.3 with the Dodgers.
Cingrani was one of the Dodgers most reliable options when it came to stranding inherited runners on the base paths.
Cingani stranded 50% of runners he inherited in 2018, which led the team amongst relievers who inherited at least 10 runners.
For his career, Cingrani has stranded 40% of the runners he has inherited, so last year represented a nice improvement in that capacity.
It’s going to be really interesting if Cingrani can keep that up next season and the Dodgers feel comfortable using him in stressful situations.
It’s such a luxury for a manager to be able to deploy a reliever in a messy situation and have confidence they can escape the inning without damage.
Over his career, he has allowed just a .214 batting average with runners in scoring position, which is lower than his career total of .229 with no runners on.
He clamps down when the opposing team is threatening to score, and if he can stay healthy, he can be a valuable piece for that bullpen.
He has also proven to be extremely comfortable pitching at Dodger Stadium throughout his career, having benefited from leaving Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
At Great American Ballpark, he has a .236 batting average against, while at Dodger Stadium he has a .181 batting average against.
He had a high ERA last season despite being stingy giving up hits, and the earned runs he allowed tended to come in bunches.
Of the 12 earned runs he allowed last season, seven of those earned runs came over the course of two games he pitched in.
Cingrani can certainly be a nice piece to utilize out of the bullpen, as he’s a lefty who can be inserted to get out both righties and lefties.