The Dodgers have signed right-hander Dale Thayer to a minor league deal, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (via Twitter). Thayer became a free agent earlier this week when he opted out of a previous minor league contract with the Orioles. The righty is represented by O’Connell Sports Management.
2015 was a tough season for Thayer, as he posted a 4.06 ERA in 37 2/3 innings while posting the highest walk rate (3.6 BB/9) and lowest strikeout rate (6.0 K/9) of his career over a full season. He was outrighted off the Padres’ 40-man roster in August and he elected free agency after the season.
Thayer posted some strong numbers out of San Diego’s bullpen from 2012-14, including a 3.02 ERA, 8.3 K/9 and 3.46 K/BB rate over 188 innings. He spent his first two MLB seasons in Tampa Bay, so he’s a known quantity to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. L.A. already has a pretty solid complement of right-handed relievers, though the club can probably use all the bullpen help it can get given the injuries in the rotation.