As a wise man once said, “You can never have too much pitching”.
According to Alex Freedman, the Dodgers have signed right-handed pitcher Nate Jones to a minor-league contract.
#Dodgers have signed veteran reliever Nate Jones to a minor league deal and he has joined the @okc_dodgers.— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) May 14, 2021
He was with Atlanta earlier this season and has extensive ML experience also with the White Sox and Reds.
Jones, 35, has appeared in 12 games this season for the Braves. He’s posted an ERA of 3.48 and an ERA+ of 128, both solid numbers. However, he has struggled immensely with command. In 10 1⁄3 innings of work, he’s issued 10 walks with only seven strikeouts. His inability to throw strikes is what ultimately led to his release a few days ago from Atlanta.
This appears to be yet another one of those “low-risk/high-reward” type of signings for the Dodgers. Throughout his career, Jones has been a solid bullpen piece. He was great for the White Sox from 2015-2019. During that stretch, he appeared in 147 games and had an ERA+ of 156. He struck out 164 and had 49 walks.