The Dodgers added a new wrinkle to their bullpen competition, reportedly signing relief pitcher Louis Coleman to a one-year contract, announced by his agency, Frontline Athlete Management.
UPDATE: Coleman will earn $725,000 in 2016, per the Associated Press. He will wear number 62.
The Dodgers haven't yet announced the transaction, with will require a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster. The most obvious candidate is moving pitcher Brandon McCarthy to the 60-day disabled list since he is out until midseason while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch on Friday.
Coleman appeared in just four games for the Royals in 2015, pitching three scoreless frames. The bulk of his season was spent in Triple-A Omaha, where he put up a 1.69 ERA in 38 relief appearances, striking out 63 and walking 23 in 64 innings. He saved nine games for Omaha.
He turns 30 on opening day.
In parts of five seasons with the Royals, Coleman has a 3.20 ERA in 152 games, all in relief, with 186 strikeouts and 78 walks in 177⅓ innings, with two saves. He had a strikeout rate of 28.2 percent in the majors in his first three seasons (2011-13), but in the last two years that has lowered to 15.2 percent. Though in the minors during that span (2014-15) his strikeout rate was 27.4 percent.
Coleman, with three years, 18 days of service time, avoided salary arbitration with the Royals in January, agreeing to a $725,000 contract for 2016. But the right-hander was released on Feb. 3, with Kansas City on the hook for 30 days of termination pay, approximately $118,852.
So thankful for the @Royals and the opportunity they gave me. I am also very excited for new beginnings with the @Dodgers #GeauxDodgers— Louis Coleman (@LouisColeman31) February 19, 2016
Coleman will compete for a spot in a crowded bullpen that already has Chris Hatcher, Yimi Garcia, Pedro Baez and Joe Blanton backing up closer Kenley Jansen, and those are just the right-handers.
Coleman is out of options, having used options in 2012, 2013 and 2014.