Dodgers Agree To Contract With Tony Cingrani

Tony Cingrani will factor into the 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers’ plans. On Friday, he agreed to a one-year, $2.65 million dollar contract fully guaranteed. The details of this were first reported by Ken Rosenthal on twitter.

Friday afternoon represented the deadline for teams in baseball to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. The Dodgers and Cingrani effectively avoided the arbitration process by coming to the one-year, guaranteed pact. As Rosenthal’s tweet notes – most arbitration deals are not of the guaranteed variety.

Cingrani enters his age-29 season coming off a 2018 with a 4.76 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 36 strikeouts over 22.2 innings pitched. His shortage of innings was due to missing significant time due to injury. Shoulder problems shelved him for a decent time period beginning in June; and he faced just four batters late in the season following that injury.

Still, this move signals that the Dodgers view Cingrani as a valuable asset moving forward, especially facing left-handed batters. His high velocity stuff plays up in a situation where a strikeout is needed rather than a ball in play. This is evidenced by his K/9 rate.

Moreover, Cingrani can be more effective in 2019 in regards to his pitch quality. The following data comes from MLB Quality of Pitch (@qopbaseball) on twitter:

One can expect an improvement in these values with a restoration of Cingrani’s health.


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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.


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  1. odger fan since 1965 when Sandy Koufax beat the Minnesota twins on national tv in 7th game of world series. SANDY is still alive and with my dodgers! Waiting for a World Series championship! Think 2019 dodger regime should dump roberts! Getting there is not enough! Just win baby!

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