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Dodgers Sign Free Agent Reliever Drew Hutchison

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Mar 24, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Drew Hutchinson (33) throws a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers signed right-handed reliever Drew Hutchison to a Minor League deal on Saturday. Hutchison had been designated for assignment by the Phillies on May 31. The 27-year old opted for free agency after passing through waivers unclaimed.

The team debut Freedman is referring to is with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City (for whom Freedman is a broadcaster).

Hutchison has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, mainly as a starter in Toronto with brief stints in Pittsburgh and Philidelphia. He owns a 4.92 career ERA and 0.5 WAR. He made 11 appearances this season before getting DFA’d by the Phillies. In his 21.1 innings pitched he recorded 19 K’s and 13 walks, giving up 11 earned runs.

Drew Hutchison signed a Minor League deal with the Dodgers on June 16.

Analysis

On a Richter scale of earth-shattering moves, this one probably fails to register. The deal is a Minor League contract, meaning Hutchison won’t be coming to LA, he’ll be heading to the Dodgers in Oklahoma City. It’s likely the front office sees some potential in the righty and is keeping him on reserve in OKC just in case the Dodgers’ pitching health continues to deteriorate.

So don’t look for the team’s latest free agent signing in the majors anytime soon. If he does make the big league club, let’s hope it’s for his abilities rather than replacing an injured reliever.

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Written by Jacob Walters

Jacob Walters is a Los Angeles native and has been a Dodgers fan his entire life. He hopes to one day see the Dodgers release a bobblehead of Chan Ho Park scissor kicking Tim Belcher.

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