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Dodgers Sign Two Brothers to Contracts, One Will Head to the Bullpen



Baseball has a rich history of very much being a family game. Kyle and Corey Seager have gotten to play on the same together on rare occasions, and it’s a fun treat for fans. Chase and Travis D’Arnaud have met on the big league diamond a few times. Jeff and Jered Weaver played for the Angels and Dodgers at the same time for a brief period. And of course, there is the trio of Molina brothers. The Dodgers added to that long list Friday, signing the Goeddel brothers to contracts.

The elder brother is Erik Goeddel, who is a 29-year-old reliever. He was claimed off of waiver from the Mariners by Los Angeles. Erik is out of minor league options, so he will immediately be added to the major league roster. So that means Goeddel will be sent to a Dodgers bullpen that has struggled to this point in the year. Luckily, they may get a much-needed rest with rain on the way in DC.

Erik is a former 24th round pick by the Mets in the 2010 draft. He has spent a good chunk of time in the majors since then, logging 115 appearances since his debut in 2014. Most recently, Goeddel was an efficient part of the Mariners bullpen. He mad five appearances and allowed just one earned run. He also struck out nine batters across his 7.1 innings of work.

The Dodgers also signed Erik’s younger brother Tyler to a minor league contract. Tyler was the 41st pick in the 2011 Amateur Draft, so he carries plenty of potential. Goeddel is a career 260 hitter at the minor league level and plays every outfield position. He also spent time at third base early in his professional career. Goeddel also offers plenty of speed potential, as he has stolen an average of 25 bases per season. The Dodgers are certainly lacking that aspect in their lineup. Tyler did struggle in his lone big league season though, hitting just 192 in his 2016 season with the Phillies.

Analysis

Tyler is likely going to need some work at the minor league level, so don’t expect to see him any time soon. Erik is an entirely different story altogether. He has pitched very well with Seattle this year and could contribute in a big way to the Dodgers’ bullpen.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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