The off-season is exciting because teams look to get better, hopefully, to improve upon their previous season. The Dodgers came within one win of a World Series championship, so it’s not like they necessarily need a whole lot.
According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, It’s looking like the Dodgers will be making their first move of the off-season with the signing of Manny Banuelos. It’s definitely not a name that many are familiar with, but Banuelos was once a top prospect with the Yankees.
Heard the Dodgers are close to signing former Yankees top prospect LHP Manny Banuelos to a minor-league deal.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) November 17, 2017
Banuelos put up great numbers in the Yankees’ minor league system, including a 2010 where he had an ERA of 2.51 and a WHIP of 1.222. The next year, Banuelos’ numbers grew to an ERA of 3.75 and a WHIP of 1.550. The next year he would get Tommy John Surgery and would eventually be traded to the Braves in 2015.
He played in seven games with the Atlanta Braves in 2015 but did not do well, posting an ERA of 5.13 and a WHIP of 1.595. His injuries continued with Atlanta, including bone spurs at the end of the 2015 season and left elbow discomfort at the beginning of the 2016 season. Manny Banuelos was designated for assignment by the Braves on August 12th, 2016 and then signed a minor-league contract with the Angels the same month. In 2017 with triple-A Salt Lake, Banuelos posted a 4.93 ERA and a 1.642 WHIP in 39 games (95 IP).
It’s a long shot, but Manny Banuelos once showed promise. The Dodgers did something similar with a guy named Brandon Morrow, and he turned out to be the Dodgers’ best reliever not named Kenley Jansen.
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