The Los Angeles Dodgers signed former Houston Astros reilef pitcher Reymin Guduan, presumably to a Minor League deal, though the team has not announced details. Guduan took to his personal Instagram page to announce the signing.
The 27-year-old originally joined the Astros as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2009. He was added to their 40-man roster in 2016 and eventually made his MLB debut in May 2017.
In 32 big league appearances across the last three seasons with the Astros, Guduan pitched to an 8.03 ERA, 5.64 FIP and 1.99 WHIP with 26 strikeouts and 16 walks in 24.2 innings. Included in that is seven games in 2019 in which he posted an 11.81 ERA, 10.53 FIP and 2.25 WHIP with six strikeouts and four walks in 5.1 innings.
Guduan spent a majority of the 2019 season with Houston’s Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, where the left-hander yielded a 2.63 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 23 appearances. He struck out 32 and walked 18 in 27.1 innings.
On Aug. 4 of this past year, Guduan was suspended by the Astros for the remainder of the season for violating team policy. He was later activated from the restricted list and designated for assignment in September, eventually clearing waivers to become a free agent.
Every year the Dodgers front office adds a number of relievers to the organization on Minor League contracts to add to their overall pitching depth, and Guduan is another one of those signings.
The team also recently signed another left-hander in Casey Crosby out of the independent league, so between them, Adam Kolarek, Scott Alexander, Caleb Ferguson and Zac Rosscup, the Dodgers are essentially set from the left side in the bullpen.
Of course, Major League Baseball is going to a three-batter rule for relievers this season, which takes some value away from the lefty specialists.
While margin signings typically help the Dodgers get through the regular season, a bulk of their offseason work still needs to be done if they want to finally get over the hump and win the World Series in 2020.
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