The Los Angeles Dodgers came into Spring Training with an abundance of arms in hopes of putting together the strongest possible Opening Day roster.
After the bullpen was exposed as the weakness in 2014, the Dodgers opted to go for depth and low-risk deals to fix it. One of those low-risk arms came in the form of left-hander David Huff. The six-year veteran pitched for the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees last season before signing with the Dodgers in January.
Huff has done well this spring thus far, allowing just two runs in 12 total innings. He’s started three games and has relieved in two. The 30-year-old hopes this will give him a chance to make the cut with the Dodgers via JP Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
I’ve shown ’em everything I can possibly show ’em,” Huff said of his first camp with the Dodgers. “They’ve put me in different situations. I’ve done pretty well with each one that they’ve put me in. So I think it’s just a matter of showing ‘em how I’m trying to really refine some things.”
With Hyun-Jin Ryu out to start the year, the Dodgers could use a reliever that can go multiple innings. Manager Don Mattingly said the team could go with a bullpen game when the fifth spot in the rotation comes up in the second week of the season. Huff would be a candidate to potentially start that game if they do go that route.
With just a week left until Opening Day, the Dodgers still have a few moves to make in regards to the bullpen. Huff may have been considered a longshot to make the team when he first signed, but due to injuries and production, it wouldn’t be a far-fetched idea to see him on the 25-man roster to start the year.
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