The Dodgers revolving door of bullpen members will continue this week. With all of the injuries to sweep through the pitching staff in 2021, Andrew Friedman has yet to see a veteran arm on the waiver wire that he does not like. He proved that again today.
The Dodgers scooped up RHP Evan Phillips off of waivers this morning. Phillips was a part of the Rays organization until he was designated for assignment over the weekend. He made just 1 appearance for Tampa Bay and recorded a 3-inning save before getting the DFA.
In his 1 appearance, Phillips showed off a fastball that sat right around 96 mph but did not miss a lot of bats. His slider and change-up, however, did miss quite a few bats in those brief 3 innings of work. Despite bad numbers, Phillips did put up good strikeout rates with the Orioles in 2019 and 2020, something that likely appealed to the Dodgers.
It’s more than likely that Phillips will be a guy that gets some innings for the Dodgers down the stretch to take the stress off of main bullpen arms. But Friedman has had pretty good luck with guys like Phil Bickford who weren’t supposed to be a part of the plans this year.
Maybe Phillips can be another reclamation project that goes well for the Dodgers. Regardless, he should be a good way to get some innings out of guys that are NOT overworked. That’s rare out of their bullpen this year.