The hot stove is officially burning!
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers have signed left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney to a one-year contract.
Free-agent LHP Andrew Heaney in agreement with Dodgers on one-year contract, pending physical, sources tell @TheAthletic. Deal is for more than $8 million - the amount Robbie Ray got from the Blue Jays a year ago. Heaney, as @JoelSherman1 noted, viewed as similar upside play.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 8, 2021
The Dodgers were rumored to be interested in Heaney last week, and now they’ve added a left-handed pitcher to their roster. The 40-man roster is now currently 37.
The 30-year-old appeared in 30 games last season between the Angels and Yankees and started 23 of them. He posted a 5.83 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 4.85 FIP. Not great numbers by any means. If you’re into “expected stats”, his expected ERA was 4.01, compared to his actual ERA of 5.83.
Here’s how his percentile rankings looked in 2021.
According to Mark Feinsand, Heaney had interest from more than a dozen teams before signing with the Dodgers, so clearly he was a hot commodity.
There’s certainly potential there with Heaney, as he had a 27 percent strikeout rate last season along with only a seven percent walk rate. His problem was giving up the long ball, as he allowed an average of two home runs every nine innings. If he can limit the homers, there’s certainly room for growth.
This is a low-risk/high-reward signing for the Dodgers. It’s only a one-year contract and adding depth to their rotation is certainly a must this offseason. If they’re able to tap into his potential, this could end up being another genius Dodgers signing.
Plus, he gets his second stint at being a Dodger.