A look back at the 2015 of old friend Eric Stults, who returned to the organization that drafted him — in the 15th round in 2002 — but did not find his way on to the Dodgers in 2015.
What went right
The Dodgers acquired Stults as part of the Juan Uribe trade with the Braves on May 27, when Atlanta was in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. As part of the transaction, Stults — who was on Atlanta's 40-man roster and actually pitched 3⅔ innings of mop-up relief on May 26, the night the trade was being finalized — was designated for assignment by the Dodgers, then he accepted an outright assignment to the minors.
What went wrong
Stults, who turns 36 on Wednesday, went back and forth between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City while back in the Dodgers organization.
The veteran left-hander was 6-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 16 games between the two levels, including 14 starts, with 61 strikeouts and 21 walks in 90 innings.
Stats: 3.30 ERA in 90 innings in minors
Salary: $2 million, of which the Dodgers were responsible for roughly $1.43 million.
Game of the year
Stults allowed just one hit and one unearned run in seven innings on July 24 with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Round Rock, with six strikeouts and two walks.
As someone who accepted an outright minor league assignment during the season, Stults exercised his right in October to elect free agency.