If there is an available veteran arm on the market at any point this season, you can bet on the Dodgers scooping them up. That’s sort of what they’ve had to do all year as they continue to struggle with pitcher health.
The latest signing by the Dodgers is a guy that’s bounced around a lot over the last few years. Since 2019, Nick Tropeano has done stints with 5 different MLB teams. Andrew Friedman signed him to another one on Friday morning.
The Dodgers signed Tropeano to a minor league deal and he will be a good depth option for them. He has pitched in 5 big league games in 2021 with mixed results each time out. All told, he’s thrown 8 innings and been charged with 2 earned runs for 2 different teams.
Tropeano has lost a little zip on his fastball and sinker over the years. He missed all of the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and experienced a few other injuries the following year with Anaheim. But the Dodgers took the low-risk and added him into the mix anyways.
If the Dodgers are getting a healthy Tropeano, he could be a great addition to the bullpen down the stretch. With so many guys injured or being overworked in 2021, any veteran depth arm will be useful at this point in the season.
The Dodgers and Angels kick off a 3-game series in Los Angeles tonight.