The Dodgers gambled and will ultimately take a loss this year on Jimmy Nelson. The teams announced the right-handed pitcher will miss the entire 2020 season.
Nelson was signed by the Dodgers to a one-year, $1.25 million contract this offseason. The team has a club option for $2 million next year, but it seems likely that they would take the $500,000 buyout instead. Nelson will undergo back surgery tomorrow that will likely end his run with Los Angeles.
The #Dodgers gamble on Jimmy Nelson has not paid out. Nelson will undergo season-ending back surgery on Tuesday.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) July 6, 2020
Nelson did not appear for the Dodgers in any Spring Training games, as he battled through what the team was calling lower-body pains. He was added on as potential depth, but the signings of Alex Wood and more recently AJ Ramos certainly made him expendable.
The Dodgers will likely turn to Ramos, Tony Gonsolin, and Dustin May as possible bullpen pieces in addition to their core members. Nelson was initially added to the 60-man player pool when the team announced the roster, but that will no longer be the case. As it stands, the player pool is at 53 players with Ramos and Clayton Beeter being added in.