Dodgers Sign Todd Coffey

The Dodgers have signed Todd Coffey to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013, the team announced. He'll earn $1MM in 2013, and the club option is worth $2.5MM with a $300K buyout for a total guarantee of $1.3MM. The Beverly Hills Sports Council represents Coffey.

Coffey posted a 3.62 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 43.6% ground ball rate in 59 2/3 innings for the Nationals in 2011. The 31-year-old owns a 4.08 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and a 51% ground ball rate over the course of seven MLB seasons. He has been considerably more effective against right-handed hitting as a big league pitcher.

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti had already added relievers Mike MacDougal ($1MM deal) and John Grabow (minor league deal) to the bullpen mix this offseason. The Dodgers also signed starters Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang to two-year contracts. Free agents Luis Ayala, Shawn Camp, Scott Linebrink and Michael Wuertz are out there for teams seeking right-handed relievers.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported news of the agreement while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times added details (all Twitter links).

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


39 Responses to Dodgers Sign Todd Coffey Leave a Reply

  1. CAD_Monkey 3 years ago

    Filling the hole left by Broxton?

  2. Lastings 3 years ago

    Finally, a good pickup from the Dodgers this offseason…

    • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

      LA and todd coffey are an odd couple, but it really is their first nice pickup of the offseason.

      • BlueSkyLA 3 years ago

        I don’t get it. Seems most of the praise for Coffey is about his personality not his abilities. He’s a journeyman middle reliever. Where does he fit into the Dodgers bullpen, where the needs are actually left-handed?

  3. Paid min wage for pitching, 886k for the sprint from the BP.

  4. meep 3 years ago

    the others werent that bad. just not something fans would like. but it will all change by April 31 

  5. Andrew 3 years ago

    Well if anything his wind sprints to the mound in DC should help him escape from Dodgers fans if things get ugly.

  6. Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

    I love to watch this guy sprint to the mound

  7. Color me underwhelmed.  Keep throwing it up against the wall, Ned.  Sooner or later something has to stick.

  8. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 3 years ago

    This is the most excited I’ve been for a Dodger’s signing all offseason. And it’s not even because he’s a good player; I just want to see him run to the mound.

    • scott brecht 3 years ago

      i think he added about 40 lbs last offseason.  i hear he spent the offseason cooking through paula deans latest cookbook.

  9. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Ronald Bellasario is currently at immigration waiting for papers to go back to Venezuela (should take 2-3 years).  Irony.

  10. DbacksAreBeast 3 years ago

    Todd Cofey should put the Dodgers over the top!

    -not

  11. longlivethecool_a_coo 3 years ago

    Don’t see how this is good don’t they need a left hander not another average right hander with 4.08 era

    • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

      Coffey is a pretty reliable reliever without any real injury concerns, which is always a good addition.  Plus, if 4.08 ERA isn’t going to do it for you, 4.08 seconds for Todd to sprint in from the bullpen to the mound should.

    • toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

      Coffey is a pretty reliable reliever without any real injury concerns, which is always a good addition.  Plus, if 4.08 ERA isn’t going to do it for you, 4.08 seconds for Todd to sprint in from the bullpen to the mound should.

  12. ellisburks 3 years ago

    Paul Edgecomb: Your name is Todd Coffey? 
    Todd Coffey: Yes sir boss. Like the drink, only not spelled the same. 
    Paul Edgecomb: Oh, you can spell can you? 
    Todd Coffey: Just my name boss.

  13. CommissionerBart 3 years ago

    Sorry to see Coffey leave the Nats but their bullpen is stacked now.  Coffey did a nice job, and he brought personality to the team….both on the field….and in public appearances for the team. Good luck to him.

  14. nick1538 3 years ago

    Did you read the end of that article Terry Ryan?   “Free agents Luis Ayala, Shawn Camp, Scott Linebrink and Michael Wuertz are out there for teams seeking right-handed relievers.” 

    I would prefer to bring Wuertz, an Austin MN native, back to MN. 

  15. Joey E 3 years ago

    this guy has potential to become my favorite dodger since jamey carroll left

  16. thegrayrace 3 years ago

    Jansen, Guerra, Lindblom, Elbert, Guerrier are no brainers for the bullpen, when you add MacDougal and Coffey… I guess that means Hawksworth is a goner. And Eovaldi will be back in the minors. And Belisario probably isn’t showing up. And Kuo isn’t coming back.

    The good news: at least this lowers the chance we have to see Troncoso again…

  17. LuisSantoyo 3 years ago

    Coffey adds depth to the Dodgers bullpen, which is a good thing since their rotation  is put together with chewing gum and paper clips after Kershaw. However, I don’t see Coffey being a difference maker.

  18. Guest 3 years ago

    Todd Coffey provides depth for the Dodgers bullpen, which is a good thing since the rotation is put together with chewing gum and paper clips after Kershaw. However, I don’t see him being a difference maker.

  19. MNTwins12 3 years ago

    Twins need to sign Luis Ayala immediately. The Twins bullpen really isn’t that bad as of right now though. I would like to see only one of either Burton or Bulger, however. Twins made a huge mistake by signing Capps, and not waiting for the chance to sign Francisco Cordero instead, for less money.

    Brian Duensing
    Anthony Swarzak
    Jason Bulger
    Jared Burton
    Joel Zumaya
    Glen Perkins
    Matt Capps

  20. Twinkilling61 3 years ago

    That ship has already sailed with Ayala. They traded him because he wanted to be their closer. Which isn’t a big problem when you’re on a losing team, but it was on a team that was contending. Also I think that last year was an anomaly. He’s not the answer to the Twins bullpen problem.

  21. LayerCake 3 years ago

    Babe Ruth says hello

  22. Lastings 3 years ago

     Babe Ruth is dead, you know that right?

  23. MNTwins12 3 years ago

    I actually wasn’t aware that Ayala pitched for the Twins already. I was really hoping that the Twins would sign Chad Qualls or Todd Coffey, but the addition of Zumaya should help, nonetheless. Id really like to see the Twins aquire another starting pitcher and dump Nick Blackburn. Oswalt would be great, or even trading for John Lannan or Phil Hughes.

  24. If they trade for Lannan, Span better not be included!!!

  25. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 3 years ago

    He’s a zombie dontchaknow.

  26. Lastings 3 years ago

     Don’t say that zed-word…

  27. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    no, he’s not dead or a zombie, he just went home….like elvis

  28. MNTwins12 3 years ago

    I know, Span may be a crucial player in the Twins lineup this season. He was having a great season in 2011 until the concussion. I wouldn’t give up much for Lannan anyway, because he’s never pitched in the American League. I’d rather the Twins acquire Phil Hughes, though that trade might require Miquel Sano.

  29. No way is it worth it giving up Sano for Hughes.  Maybe Hicks, but not Sano.  Sano has a very high ceiling and has been performing extremely well in the minors.

  30. MNTwins12 3 years ago

    The Yankees overrated their players, and if the Twins were to acquire Phil Hughes, the Yankees may only listen if the Twins offer Sano. But yes, Phil Hughes isn’t worth giving up Miguel Sano. I look forward to seeing Sano play on the Twins in a few years. The Twins just might be contenders at that point.

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