LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Wednesday made official their one-year contract with Tom Koehler, signing the right-hander. The money is not yet known.
Koehler had success after switching to a relief role in the final month of 2017 with the Blue Jays, posting a 3.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 12 innings and saw an increase in fastball velocity and his curveball usage out of the bullpen.
Overall on the season, Koehler’s 6.69 ERA in is 27 games ranked 342nd among the 355 major league pitchers with at least 50 innings, and his 6.05 FIP ranked 340th.
Koehler, who turns 32 in June, has been a starter for the bulk of his career, starting 133 of his 161 major league games.
The Blue Jays non-tendered Koehler on Dec. 1 after the right-hander made $5.75 million in 2017. With four years, 152 days of major league service time Koehler has two years before qualifying for free agency, eligible for salary arbitration after 2018.
Super excited for this opportunity to join the @dodgers. Looking forward to contributing in any and all ways. #LetsGoDodgers #letsgetit https://t.co/6jeTP8YuWW— Tom Koehler (@TKREFRESH22) December 20, 2017
With Koehler the Dodgers now have 38 players on their 40-man roster after clearing three spots with Saturday’s five-player, competitive balance tax-motivated trade with the Braves.