While the Winter Meetings don’t start until next week, baseball overall has been busy in recent days. Quite a few names have signed or re-signed, and overall it’s looking like the Meetings and the off-season itself will be busier and not as drawn out as last year.
The Dodgers have been mostly quiet on the big name players, but have made some minor moves in the last few days.
Reymin Guduan announced today on Instagram that he had signed with the Dodgers organization. The left-handed reliever was with the Houston Astros organization last year. He was suspended for a “disciplinary issue” for the second half of the season, and was DFA’d in September.
The reasons for the disciplinary action is found here, at a blog for fans of the Astros. Basically, he got into a fight with a fellow teammate, hit him with a bat, and then returned to the locker room with a knife, although it never was used as a weapon.
Guduan has spent three years with the Astros, pitching in 32 games for 24.2 innings and amassing an ERA of 8.03. Between the pitching and the issues with self control and anger, I’m not sure what the Dodgers see in this pitcher. I guess time will tell.
The Dodgers also signed Casey Crosby to a minor league deal. The 31 year old left-handed pitcher last pitched in the majors in 2012 for the Detroit Tigers. He had been pitching with the Chicago Dogs of the Independent League, and has touched up to 100 mph. He did a lot of work showcasing himself via Twitter videos, and it seems to have worked to get the team’s attention. We will be watching to see if he will make the team out of spring training.
Along with the usual suspects that the Dodgers have been reportedly interested in, the name Blake Treinen is one that many fans of the Dodgers would like to see the team take a chance on. According to Jorge Castillo, the Dodgers have indeed expressed an interest in the former reliever for the Oakland Athletics. The 31 year old right-handed reliever had a stellar season in 2018, going 9-2 with a 0.78 ERA in 68 games and 80.1 innings pitched. He definitely regressed, but has a lifetime 2.97 ERA with both the A’s and the Washington Nationals. He was non-tendered by the A’s on Monday. The New York Yankees are also rumored to be very interested (with the caveat that of course, all big teams are in on the bigger names in free agency.)
As the market looks to be busier during next week’s Winter Meetings, stayed tuned for the latest rumors and reports of trades and signings right here at TBPC.