On Monday, the first official Ken Rosenthal hot-stove tweet hit Twitter when former Angel and Yankee Andrew Heaney reportedly signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Free-agent LHP Andrew Heaney in agreement with Dodgers on one-year contract, pending physical, sources tell @TheAthletic. Deal is for more than $8 million – the amount Robbie Ray got from the Blue Jays a year ago. Heaney, as @JoelSherman1 noted, viewed as similar upside play.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 8, 2021
The one-year deal is worth north of $8.5 million, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
The Dodgers and Andrew Heaney are in agreement on a one-year, $8.5M deal pending physical, per source. @Ken_Rosenthal was on it.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 8, 2021
What Does He Bring
Heaney is an ‘upside’ signing. His numbers overall the past few seasons have not been great. In 2021 he posted a total 5.83 ERA and an ERA+ of 76, with 100 being considered league average. Heaney strikes out a lot of hitters but also gives up a lot of hits, being especially home run prone the last few seasons. The Dodgers front office clearly views Heaney as a ‘reclamation project‘ of sorts. It’s hard to pitch well when you play for the Anaheim Angels. That seems like a shot at the organization but there is a mysterious factor that pitchers tend to get hit harder in Anaheim.
With the Dodgers elite pitching staff and coaching, Heaney could be ironed out into a 4th or 5th starter, with a bullpen or long relief role always an option, as well.
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