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Brandon Beachy returns to Dodgers on 1-year, $1.5 million deal

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LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Beachy will continue his comeback with the Dodgers after all, signing a one-year contract with the club on Wednesday. The contract is worth $1.5 million, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, but is not guaranteed.

Per Jon Heyman, the 29-year-old Beachy can earn $250,000 for making the opening day roster, plus has performance bonuses of up to $2.75 million for games started and $750,000 for games pitched.

The Dodgers signed Beachy last spring training as he recovered from his second Tommy John surgery, inking the right-hander to a one-year deal plus a club option for 2016. Beachy did make two starts for the Dodgers in July, his first major league appearance in 23 months, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in eight innings.

The club sent Beachy outright to Triple-A in August and he consented to the minor league assignment. Doing so gave Beachy the right to elect free agency in October, which he exercised. The Dodgers' original option on Beachy for 2016 was worth $3.5 million, with up to $2 million in incentives for games started.

In 10 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2015, Beachy had a 3.64 ERA in 47 innings, with 36 strikeouts, 21 walks and four home runs allowed.

This will be the first relatively normal offseason for Beachy in three years, not spending his winter in rehabilitation mode.

"He's proven that he can pitch and bounce back every five days," manager Don Mattingl said of Beachy in August. "Now he becomes a regular winter workout guy who takes care of himself, throws his bullpens and comes to spring training."

Before his first Tommy John surgery, Beachy had a 3.07 ERA and 3.25 FIP in 41 starts with the Braves, with 252 strikeouts and 82 walks in 237⅔ innings, all before turning 26.

Beachy's deal is not guaranteed, meaning that the Dodgers can cut him during spring training without being on the hook for his full salary. Should Beachy get cut with 16 or more days to go until opening day, the Dodgers would owe 30 days termination pay, or roughly $245,902. If Beachy were to be cut during the final 15 days of spring training, the termination pay would be 45 days, or $368,852.

Beachy has two option years remaining, having used an option in 2015. With four years, 131 days of major league service time, Beachy is also 41 days shy of having enough service time (five years) to have the right to refuse any minor league assignment.

To make room for Beachy on the 40-man roster, pitcher Tyler Olson was designated for assignment. Olson was acquired from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash on Dec. 18.