We are one day from the first full squad workouts of Spring Training 2.0, or Summer Camp, whatever your preferred choice of wording is.
Players have started posting their workouts from Chavez Ravine, with Justin Turner showing himself batting as crowd noise pumped from the speakers.
Alex Wood posted a video of himself pitching off the mound.
There will be a new face joining in with the other current members of the Dodgers 60-man squad, which at the moment only consists of 52 men. Today, the Dodgers signed AJ Ramos to a minor league deal, and he was immediately added to the 60-man player pool.
The right=handed pitcher has pitched previously with both the Miami Marlins and New York Mets. From 2013-2017, Ramos had an ERA of 2.86 and 99 saves. He also had 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings, a FIP of 3.27, and an ERA+ of 136.
The 33 year old has not pitched in the major leagues since May of 2018, when he succumbed to ongoing shoulder issues. He underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. In a video tweeted by the pitcher, the radar shows the velocity on his fastball to be about 93-95 mph, as well as his throwing his off-speed.
In an interview with KMAC of Lubbock, Texas, the former All-Star stated he feels like he still has a lot to prove.
“I know that I have a lot left in me. This is what I love to do. It’s like I have a new motivation. Before, I was motivated to show everybody that I was good enough. Now I’m motivated just to play – to have the max amount of fun doing it. If there’s a a season, I’ll be ready for it.”
Ramos joins other low risk, high reward acquisitions the Dodgers have made this off-season, including Blake Treinen, Jimmy Nelson and Brusdar Graterol. If even one of those relief pitchers pans out, it will help the Dodgers tremendously.
It is unclear if the Dodgers will make any more moves in the upcoming days, but one would expect them to be in this same vein of taking a flyer on a low risk player such as Ramos. If he can regain his All-Star form, he’ll be another deadly weapon in the Los Angeles bullpen.