2015 Offseason Free Agent Profile: Tom Gorzelanny

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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Why the Dodgers should not sign Gorzelanny

Any time a pitcher undergoes shoulder surgery it’s some cause for concern. Also of worry is Gorzelanny’s trouble facing left-handed hitters and struggles away from Miller Park.

Left-handed batters slashed .324/.439/.353 with a .458 BABIP and 141 OPS+ in 41 plate appearances. Comparatively, right-handed batters hit .216/.259/.294 with a .270 BABIP and 69 OPS+. Furthermore, in the three games Gorzelanny inherited runners on base, they all scored (five total runs).

As for Gorzelanny’s pitching away from Miller Park, he left much to be desired in seven games — .286/.394/.286, .444 BABIP and 107 OPS+. The lefty would also be an unknown in a potential postseason setting as Gorzelanny has just one playoff appearance under his belt.

Potential contract/chances of Gorzelanny landing in LA

Gorzelanny won’t command the same salary as a Zach Duke or Andrew Miller, both of whom the Dodgers refused to pay the premium on. He earned $2.95 million in 2014, which was the second year of a $6 million contract with the Brewers.

Unless a team is willing to overpay for Gorzelanny’s services, he’ll likely wind up with a two-year contract around for around $2.5-3 million AAV. While that isn’t a steep price, the Dodgers may instead opt to rely on younger internal options if necessary, such as Daniel Coulombe or Adam Liberatore.

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