During the 2012 season, former Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey underwent Tommy John surgery in July. Coffey, 33, appeared in 23 games with the Dodgers, accumulating a 4.66 ERA in 19.1 innings.
While he sat out all of 2013, it sounds like there’s interest from teams and Coffey will be holding a showcase in Arizona at the end of January. Talking to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com, it sounds like he would love to come back to the Dodgers:
[The Dodgers] have made a lot of signings this offseason with bullpen guys, but it’s a possibility, Coffey said about returning to the Dodgers. I would love to go back there. I loved it in L.A. It was unfortunate that I wasn’t able to finish the whole season with them that year. It’s always a possibility, you never know. I’ve learned that in my years in this game, you never know what’s going to happen.
So far this off-season, the Dodgers have re-signed Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell while adding relievers Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. With a surplus of relievers already, it seems unlikely they’d add another one to the mix. However, if Coffey is looking to prove himself, it’s possible he’d return to the Dodgers on a minor league deal.
Chris Withrow, Jose Dominguez and possibly Javy Guerra seem to be the odd men out as the Dodgers bullpen is a clear strength heading into the 2014 season. Whether or not the Dodgers feel the same way about bringing back Coffey, it’s clear there’s significant interest from other teams and it’s likely he’s back in the big leagues this season.
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