Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Dodgers Pick Up 5.83 ERA Pitcher For $8.5M

Hello, Andrew Heaney!

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who entered this offseason with several holes to fill on their pitching staff, signed Andrew Heaney to a one-year contract worth $8.5 million, sources confirmed to ESPN on Monday.

Heaney, a 30-year-old left-handed starter, spent the bulk of the past seven years with the crosstown Angels, posting a 4.67 ERA with nearly four times as many strikeouts as walks in 605 innings.

Heaney spent most of the 2016 and 2017 seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery but has since made only three relatively short trips to the injured list. His ERA ballooned to 5.83 in 129⅔ innings last season, but some of the underlying numbers painted his 2021 season more favorably (most notably an average exit velocity of 89 mph, an expected ERA of 4.03 and a swinging-strike percentage of 13.8).

Oh, so his expected ERA is 1.8 runs better--but is still worse than every Dodgers 2021 starter (including Tony Gonsolin), not to mention on par with David Price? Yeah, that's awesome.

3 comments:

QuadSevens said...

Dodgers need to work their magic to turn around another player's career like Turner, CT3, and Muncy. Guess we'll just have to wait and see.

karen said...

8.5 mil? I'm pretty sure I could pitch as good as him.

60ft6in said...

Halos Fan here. Andrew Heaney pitched decently in home games at the Big A. However his road record was atrocious. You can expect more of the same in 2022 up the road at Chavez Ravine.