The Dodgers signed Lance Cormier to a minor league deal, the team announced (on Twitter).
The 30-year-old right-hander logged 62 innings for the Rays last year in his second campaign in Tampa Bay. He posted a 3.92 ERA despite walking more batters (34) than he struck out (30). Cormier's FIP (5.22) and xFIP (5.21) suggest he was lucky last year. However, he posted a strong 49.8 % ground ball rate in 2010, just below his career mark or 51.1%.
The Isotopes are winning the title this year. That bullpen is going to be lightsout… at least by AAA standards.
All I remember about Cormier is that I didn’t enjoy his time with the Braves and that he was really good in MVP 2005.
If the Dodgers are going to sign more relief pitchers to minor league contracts in the hopes that one of them pans out, you’d think more of them would be lefties.
Actually you are right on—The Dodgers are signing so many journeyman RHRP’s that they are hoping at least one of them miraculously turns into an effective LHRP…
While certainly unprecedented, Vin Scully still says it the best: It can only be the Dodgers.
Maybe they plan on having them pitch into a mirror. Seven more years of bad luck.
Oh and one more little bit of info… Out of all of these guys, Aaron Miles still has had the best recent success from the mound. I was going to add “small sample size” disclaimer, but he actually has more recent MLB experience than a lot of them too 🙂
Always liked Cormier and surprised the Rays didn’t make an attempt to get him back.
In other news… The Dodgers sign all remaining Free Agent relievers to minor league contracts.
132 non-roster guys in camp > Ronald Bellasario somewhere other than camp (again)
What, John Halama not available?
The Dodgers have had some success in finding pitchers from the MLB scrap heap over the past few years. I guess they are hoping it pans out again in some way this spring. If they are able to promote 1 or 2 of the minor league signings this winter, I think it would be a plus, and an inexpensive one at that. We’ll see if anyone can earn it.