GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers on Saturday took a chance on another talented but oft-injured pitcher, signing Brandon Beachy to a one-year deal plus a club option for 2016.
Beachy gets $2.75 million in 2015, plus a club option for 2016 worth between $3-6 million.
Beachy is recovering from Tommy John surgery he had in March 2014 with the Braves, the second such procedure of his career. Beachy also had the surgery in June 2012, and has been limited to five starts and 30 innings total in the last roughly 2½ seasons.
Much like fellow new Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson, when Beachy has been on the mound he was very good, with a 3.23 ERA (121 ERA+) and 3.34 FIP in 46 starts, with 275 strikeouts in 267⅔ innings.
Beachy, 28, last pitched in August 2013. The usual estimation for Tommy John surgery recovery is between 15-18 months, which means Beachy likely won't be pitching for the Dodgers until some time near midseason. That's where the club option becomes a pivotal point of the contract, allowing the club the chance to bring him back if he shows anything, after taking the risk of signing him to a major league deal.
To make room for Beachy on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed Chris Withrow on the 60-day disabled list. Withrow is recovering from Tommy John surgery himself, with his procedure in June 2014.
Beachy will wear No. 37 with the Dodgers.