The Dodgers have missed out on another top reliever who determined to signal with the opposite workforce from Los Angeles. In line with ESPN’s Jeff Passan, left-handed pitcher Matt Moore has agreed to sign a one-year, $9 million deal with the Angels.
Moore, 34, has emerged as a prime reliever within the final two years. Since 2022, in 126.2 innings, he has a 2.20 ERA, and has struck out 143 batters whereas strolling 53.
The Angels have made fairly the hassle to bolster their bullpen this offseason. In addition they locked down right-handed reliever Robert Stephenson on a three-year, $33 million deal, who was one other potential Dodgers target. Having a strong bullpen could make up for lackluster beginning pitching — an space the Angels nonetheless want to deal with.
For the Dodgers, that makes three relivers and two left-handed relievers who signed elsewhere this offseason. Final week, All-Star nearer Josh Hader signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Houston Astros.
President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has dedicated vital monetary assets to this roster this offseason — greater than $1 billion. Nonetheless, Ricky Vanasco stays the one exterior, free-agent bullpen arm added to the roster.
If the Dodgers don’t add one other left-handed choice, the Dodgers will depend on Caleb Ferguson and Alex Vesia this season. Ryan Yarbrough can present some size, however they’ve used him principally in lengthy reduction versus high-leverage conditions. Whereas they’ve confirmed themselves dependable up to now, yet one more left-handed choice would insulate the workforce from harm or poor efficiency.
It’s price noting that James Paxton will fill up the 40-man roster when that signing becomes official, so any transfer would require additional roster manipulation.
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