Pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch in less than three weeks and the Los Angeles Dodgers are still busy trying to add to the roster. An infielder and starting pitcher are atop GM Ned Colletti’s wish list, but adding minor league talent is also of need.
In November, the team signed four minor leaguers to contracts and have continued to sign players to minor league contracts sparingly. However, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com, they have interest in a reliever:
Free agent right-hander Jaye Chapman is drawing interest from the Blue Jays , Reds, Giants, Tigers, Nationals, Mariners and Dodgers, according to an industry source. Chapman has two workouts scheduled for this week, and will soon sign a minor league contract that could include an invite to major league spring training.
The 26-year-old pitched with the Chicago Cubs in 2012, appearing in 14 games and posting an 0-1 record with a 3.75 ERA. In 2013, Chapman dealt with a hip injury and missed most of the season, but did pitch with the Cubs Triple A affiliate in Iowa. He allowed 12 earned runs in six innings, allowing opposing hitters to hit .438 off of him.
After a rough 2013 season, it’ll be interesting to see if Chapman can show teams he’s capable of pitching at the big league level in his workouts this week.
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