The Dodgers seem to have one thing in mind in terms of a goal for their team this offseason beyond financial flexibility: depth.
Injuries riddled last year’s team and having multiple guys to fill in when needed was a major part of their ability to tread water. So, while the names added to the roster might not make you jump out of their seats, that doesn’t seem to be the point.
The latest example of this strategy: the team has reportedly reached an agreement with Brandon Beachy. Here’s this, via Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Dodgers getting even more rotation depth. Sources say they’re finalizing a one-year, $1.5M major league deal with Brandon Beachy.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 6, 2016
And Jon Heyman:
beachy gets $1.5M guarantee, 250K roster bonus (opening day), 2.75M incentive for GS, 750K for games #dodgers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 6, 2016
The deal is hardly noteworthy neither in terms of name or dollar amount, which is a good thing, it seems, to the Dodgers front office. Will Beachy start (or even appear in) 30 games this season? One would hope not, or else the season took a turn towards the disastrous. Can he step in for either middle relief or a spot start if need be? Yeah, probably. Basically, the idea this offseason has been balance in the short term to maintain the flexibility to make a major splash down the line when the opportunity arises. The team remains competitive — if not outright favorites — in the NL West for next season. While Beachy won’t impact that outcome by much individually, any positive role he does play will be seen as a value bet given the minor financial investment they’ve made. Beachy appeared in two games last year for the Dodgers and tallied a 7.88 ERA in eight innings and with a 2.000 WHIP before being sent back down to AAA, where one would think he’ll spend most of this season, just as in 2015.