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Dodgers Roster: LA Claims Cleveland Minor League Reliever Ian Gibaut

Throughout Andrew Friedman’s tenure with the Dodgers, LA constantly churns through fringe major league relievers that could provide the team with valuable innings. Prior to first pitch on Thursday, Friedman and general manager Brandon Gomes decided to make a move for a little known reliever who could help provide a fresh arm for the bullpen.

According to reports, the Dodgers claimed right-handed reliever Ian Gibaut from the Cleveland Guardians. MLB.com’s Juan Toribio was one of the first to report the transaction.

Gibaut has primarily pitched in Triple-A for Cleveland this year. He owns a 3.20 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched this season. He made just one big league appearance for the Guardians on June 27th versus Minnesota.

The 28-year-old Gibaut was originally drafted the the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2015 draft, and made his major league debut for Tampa in 2019. That same season, he was traded to the Texas Rangers. The Twins then claimed him off of waives in October of 2020. He was signed as a free agent by Cleveland this past March.

In his MLB career, Gibuat owns a 5.19 ERA in 34.2 IP so this seems like a classic Friedman-Dodgers reclamation project

According to FanGraphs, Gibaut features a four-pitch mix: fastball, cutter, slider, and a changeup. 

Considering how things have gone from a health standpoint for the Dodgers bullpen this season, Gibaut could be in line for a cup of coffee or two with LA this summer.

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