On Saturday, the Dodgers signed former Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy. Beachy has been one of those free agents that has been under the radar this offseason. I’ve had a good feeling that the Dodgers would sign him before Spring Training. Beachy will not be ready by Opening Day though, due to recovering from his second Tommy John Surgery back in March 2014.
Many teams never went after him I think because he won’t be Opening Day ready. He may miss the first 3 or 4 months of the season and looks to be back right after the All Start Break. At 28 years of age, Beachy is right in the middle of his prime, which will work out well for the Dodgers. Brandon had some good years in Atlanta and will be a solid impact to this bullpen or even the starting rotation this season and beyond.
The other late pitching addition came Sunday morning when the Dodgers announced the signing of relief pitcher Dustin McGowan, first reported by Ken Gurnick:
The signing of McGowan makes a lot of sense to due the loss of Kenley Jansen for the next 2-3 months. Now whether McGowan takes up that closer position or another relief spot will be determined in the coming weeks. The Dodgers may have other options when it comes to the closer role, but the addition of McGowan was a good idea.
McGowan is coming off of his career high 53 appearances in 2014. Adding depth to this bullpen is exactly what this team needs. One more relief pitcher could make this pen a hell of a lot better.
His full grown lambchop beard will be a great addition to this bullpen as he will be along side Chris (Handlebars) Hatcher, new asset piece from the Marlins in the Dee Gordon deal.
This is Chris and his wonderful handlebars: