The Dodgers were busy adding arms on minor league contracts this week. After it was announced that they had re-signed one-time setup man Brandon Morrow, the team later added in a few more depth options out of the bullpen.
The most high profile of which was former Dodger draftee Brock Stewart, who they added on a minor league deal after spending a season away from LA. They also re-signed Jimmy Nelson to a deal despite him not making an appearance during the 2020 season and getting cut loose.
They wrapped the day up by inking left-hander James Pazos to a minor league deal of his own.
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to minor league deals with RHPs Brandon Morrow, Brock Stewart and Jimmy Nelson, LHP James Pazos and IF Carlos Asuaje.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 12, 2020
Adding Stewart in is obviously a reunion for the Dodgers. Stewart was claimed off of waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays back in July 2019 before being taken by the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft. Brock was cut loose by the Cubs in May of 2020 before he got the chance to pitch.
In his time with the Dodgers, Stewart made 36 appearances and pitched to a combined 5.46 ERA.
Nelson was signed by the Dodgers last offseason to a one year deal with an option year included. Unfortunately, Nelson had to undergo back surgery that put him on the shelf for the entire season. Los Angeles declined Nelson’s option year that would have paid him $2 million had the team picked it up.
Pazos was a 2012 draft pick by the Yankees that has bounced around the league for the last few seasons. His most recent big-league stint lasted just the month of August with the Rockies. Pazos has thrown a combined 15.2 innings over the last two seasons, allowing 12 earned runs on the process. At his best, Pazos was a groundball and strikeout machine with the Mariners in 2017 and 2018.
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