Specific details are still unknown. Many folks close to the Dodgers have shared Zastryzny’s tweet in which he thanks the Cubs for his opportunities in Chicago, as well as proclaiming excitement for the new ventures that lie ahead for him in Los Angeles.
The native of Edmonton was officially released by the Cubs on Tuesday—the same day as his 27th birthday.
Zastryzny spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 3.86 ERA and 50:28 K:BB in 56 innings of work. The southpaw, who owns a career 4.41 ERA and 8.0 K/9 across parts of three big-league seasons (34.2 innings), can conceivably contribute in a long-man role, a spot in the bullpen which the Dodgers are still seemingly undecided about heading into Opening Day.
In the same breath, Roberts didn’t rule out that the club could look to outside sources to fill the spot—a position that Zastryzny could potentially slide into.
“I would say internally right now as I sit here Brock and Dennis are probably the guys,” Roberts explained. “You’re expecting Rich to be back shortly after the season starts so to kind of have some length potential for a shorter time those two guys make the most sense.”
According to Erik Mauro at Cubbies Crib, “Zastryzny sits about 90-92 mph with his fastball, alongside a cutter and a curve from a high 3/4 arm slot. His delivery has deception, and the cutter has some bite to it. His issue down in the minor leagues has been command, but that has been under control, so to speak, during his short stint in the majors so far. As we’ve seen, with the proper coaching, some issues can be overcome.”
Before the arrival of Zastryzny, the Los Angeles 40-man roster sits at 39 players.
Stay tuned for further details as they’re revealed.