Looking to continually add pitching depth just weeks from the start of 2023 Spring Training, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed seven-year Major League veteran pitcher Matt Andriese to a Minor League contract. He was subsequently assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The 33-year-old California native has not pitched at the big league level since the end of the 2021 season, but did spend 2022 displaying a serviceable tenure with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. The right-hander delivered a 2.86 ERA in 63 innings of work.
Andriese joins fellow right-hander Dylan Covey as an additional pitcher Los Angeles has signed out of Japan this offseason.
Taken in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of UC Riverside by the San Diego Padres, Andriese made his Major League debut in 2015 after being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays.
While the 2015 season was statistically his best on paper, featuring a 4.11 ERA in 65.2 IP for Tampa Bay, Andriese has seen sizeable amounts of both Major League and Minor League action while playing for five different organizations since his debut season.
After appearing in 99 games for the Rays between 2015-2018, Andriese spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels, and split 2021 between the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners organizations.
After being designated for assignment in August 2021 by the Red Sox, Andriese was picked up by the Mariners for the final two months of the season.
Despite carrying a 5.21 ERA across 48.1 innings pitched between both Boston and Seattle that season, Andriese returns to play stateside with perhaps a boost of confidence after producing consistently decent figures in Japan.
If there was ever an organization that could surely help tap into any re-discovered potential, the Dodgers have a proven track record of being able to transform reclamation projects, especially from the mound.
Dodgers sign Tony Gonsolin to multi-year contract
Despite being on track for a hearing at some point this month, the Dodgers reached an agreement with Tony Gonsolin for a two-year, $6.65 million contract to avoid arbitration.
Gonsolin, who posted a 2.14 ERA with a 16-1 record in a career-high 130.1 innings in 2022, was the only member of Los Angeles’ roster eligible for arbitration that could not garner a deal by the January 13 deadline to exchange salary figures.
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