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Dodgers decline Jimmy Nelson’s option

Not a surprising move

MLB: FEB 20 Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Sadly, it looks like Jimmy Nelson’s days as a Dodger are over. On Friday, the team announced that they have declined his $2 million club option for 2020. His buyout is worth $500K.

The Dodgers signed him last offseason, hoping he could be a great weapon out of the bullpen, with the ability to give them spot starts if needed. Unfortunately, he never even suited up for the Dodgers, as he missed all of 2020 with a lower back injury. He spent the entire season on the Injured List.

Nelson signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the Dodgers worth a total of $1.25 million guaranteed. Instead of the Dodgers taking a chance on him in 2021, they opted to make him a free-agent. He last pitched in the big-leagues for the Brewers in September of 2019.

The Dodgers’ 40-man roster currently sits at 33.

Get caught up with a complete offseason roster breakdown here.