Thanks to Dusty for the tip: The Dodgers have signed Jeff Weaver to an $800,000 minor-league deal. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports calls Weaver "unsung," but fans who followed the Dodgers last season know Weaver's worth. Consider his 2009 regular-season performance:
- 7 starts
- 6 wins (3.13 ERA)
- 21 relief appearances (3.99 ERA)
- 108 ERA+
- a career-high 7.3 K/9 rate
Weaver was asked to fill all sorts of roles last season and performed them well and without complaint. I had clubhouse access for a game against the Mets in which Weaver started. He developed a blood blister and left after five innings; afterward he covered his hand while answering questions for the press, minimizing its effect.
Weaver also played a veteran presence in the Dodgers' bullpen; who else do you think was responsible for the only rookie hazing we saw last season? Oh, and he outdueled his younger brother Jered in the Freeway Series, and even got the win in Game 1 of the NLDS. And all while earning only $431,694, according to True Blue LA.
So welcome back, Jeff. See you at the stadium.
Some Jeff Weaver content at SoSG from 2009: