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2015 Dodgers review: Sergio Santos

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Here is a look back at the 2015 season for Sergio Santos, who briefly played for his hometown team and for a while added to the Dodgers' stable of position players turned pitchers.

What went right

The Mater Dei alumnus didn't make the club as a non-roster invitee out of spring training, but he was the second relief pitcher called up in April after a strong start to the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Santos struck out 24.5-percent of his batters faced with the Dodgers and pitched scoreless outings in nine of his 12 appearances. He stranded five of six inherited runners

Santos got to fulfill a lifelong dream in 2015.

"Growing up in LA, I was a huge Dodgers fan. Ever since I got in baseball, I always hoped for an opportunity to be traded to them, or to become a free agent to be able to sign with them," Santos said during spring training. "It's a little surreal putting on the Dodgers hat and Dodgers uniform, especially because I've put it on for so long but never been a part of the team, so it's nice to be a part of that now."

What went wrong

Santos also walked seven batters, an 11.5-percent walk rate that was 17th among 21 pitchers to throw in relief for the Dodgers in 2015.

He allowed five runs in two innings, including two home runs, against the Rockies at home on May 16.

The Dodgers designated Santos for assignment on May 27 to make room on the 40-man roster after the Juan Uribe trade with Atlanta. Santos cleared waivers and was sent outright to the minors, but declined the assignment, instead opting for free agency.

Santos landed with the Yankees, for whom he pitched two games before getting hurt and getting Tommy John surgery in June.

2015 particulars

Age: 31

Stats: 12 games, 4.73 ERA, 13⅓ IP, 15 K, 7 BB with Dodgers; -0.1 rWAR, -0.1 fWAR

Salary: $1 million, of which the Dodgers were responsible for roughly $185,000, plus another $150,000 in bonuses.

Game of the year

In just his fourth game with the Dodgers, Santos got the final two outs of the 10th inning, with two strikeouts, keeping the game scoreless.

Roster status

The Yankees declined their 2016 club option on Santos, making him a free agent.