Andrew Heaney is a Dodger again. This time he’s expected to stick around.
Heaney and the Dodgers agreed Monday to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million, pending a physical, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. It will be Heaney’s second stint with the club. His first ended in a blink.
The Dodgers acquired the left-handed pitcher in December 2014 as part of a seven-player deal with the Miami Marlins. Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas and Dan Haren went to Miami. Kiké Hernández, Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher and Heaney went to Los Angeles. Heaney was then traded that same day to the Angels for Howie Kendrick.
Heaney, 30, is coming off a forgettable 2021 season split between the Angels and New York Yankees. He recorded a 5.83 earned-run average in 129 2/3 innings in 30 appearances (23 starts). He posted an ERA+ of 76 (100 is average) and gave up 29 home runs. The Angels traded him to the Yankees at the July 30 deadline.
But Heaney drew considerable interest in the free-agent market anyway. Clubs project him as a sound bounce-back candidate with left-hander Robbie Ray serving as the model.
Ray, 30, compiled a 6.62 ERA in 2020 before rebounding as a Cy Young Award contender in 2021 on a one-year, $8-million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Ray led the majors in strikeouts (248). He was tops in the American League in ERA (2.84) and innings pitched (193 1/3). He is a free agent again and is expected to receive significant multiyear offers.
Heaney joins a Dodgers club with rotation questions. Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer are free agents. Trevor Bauer isn’t expected to pitch for the team again. Dustin May won’t be ready for the start of next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.
Julio Urías, Walker Buehler and Tony Gonsolin are the only healthy starters not facing a likely suspension under club control for 2022.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
Source: Yahoo Sports