Dodgers sign LHP Tyler Anderson, trade OF Raley to Tampa Bay
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed veteran left-hander Tyler Anderson to a one-year contract.
Los Angeles also acquired minor league pitcher Tanner Dodson from Tampa Bay in a trade for outfielder Luke Raley on Friday.
The 32-year-old Anderson split last season between Pittsburgh and Seattle, going a combined 7-11 with 4.53 ERA in 31 starts with solid control and 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He was 5-8 with a 4.35 ERA for the Pirates and 2-3 with a 4.81 ERA for the Mariners.
Anderson should be a candidate for a rotation spot for the Dodgers, who aren’t as deep as usual on the mound to start this season without Max Scherzer, Trevor Bauer and Dustin May.
Andrew Heaney, Tony Gonsolin and David Price are among the candidates for the remaining rotation spots behind Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urías.
Raley batted .182 with two homers and four RBIs in 33 games for the Dodgers last season after making his major league debut April 9. He was pulled from the Los Angeles lineup Friday shortly before the Dodgers’ spring training opener against Milwaukee.
Dodson went a combined 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 64 strikeouts last season between High-A Bowling Green and Double-A Montgomery. He was the 78th overall pick in the 2018 draft out of California.
NOTES: Kershaw signed a one-year, $17 million deal this week to return to the Dodgers. He faced five batters in his exhibition debut Friday against the Brewers, throwing 21 pitches. “I felt good,” said Kershaw, who was sidelined throughout last season’s playoffs with an elbow injury. “It’s good to be back. Good to get this behind me.” He added, “I don’t think I had any real expectations. Now, it’s just getting ready for the season. Time to start working on the five-day rotation.” ... The Dodgers announced they have re-signed 33-year-old left-hander Danny Duffy to a one-year deal with a club option. They acquired him from Kansas City in trade last July, but he never pitched for the Dodgers because of a tendon injury in his left arm. He hopes to be back in June.
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