One thing Ned Colletti and the Los Angeles Dodgers front office like is depth in the organization.
A number of small moves are often made that are nothing more than giving the Dodgers some extra people at a certain position. With a stretch run about to take place, it appears the team has made another deal.
According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Dodger signed a reliever to a minor-league deal:
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) August 8, 2014
Billings pitched in one game for the New York Yankees this season, tossing four innings of relief while allowing four runs. Before this season, he hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2011, when he appeared in four games between the Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics. Overall, he has a 9.82 ERA in 11 total innings in the majors. The former 30th-round pick out of San Diego State will join the Albuquerque Isotopes.
The move was made to keep the Triple-A team with enough arms, as they could possibly see a few of their pitchers promoted in the coming weeks. Carlos Frias already made the jump to the big leagues followed by Pedro Baez. Jose Dominguez is the next most likely candidate to be promoted to the majors. Billings won’t see the big leagues this season, but will do his job for the Dodgers.
A small move in detail, but a necessary move for the farm system, the Dodgers’ front office knows what it needed.
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