Gunkel, 25, had a 4.02 ERA in 28 starts between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in 2016, with 109 strikeouts and 21 walks in 161 innings. The 6’5 right-hander was designated for assignment by Baltimore on Friday.
The Red Sox drafted Gunkel in the 18th round in 2013 out of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, then dealt him to Baltimore in July 2015 for outfielder Alejandro de Aza. Gunkel was rated as Boston’s 26th-best prospect heading into 2015 by Baseball America.
In parts of four minor league seasons, Gunkel has a 3.30 ERA in 99 games, including 65 starts, with 356 strikeouts and 75 walks in 430⅓ innings.
With the addition of Gunkel, the Dodgers’ 40-man roster is now full.
He has three option years remaining.