The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman to a one-year, $750,000 deal, a league source told Cover Those Bases on Thursday.
A corresponding move has yet to be announced, but today represented the first day that teams can open 40-man roster spots with the 60-day disabled list. It is possible that the Dodgers will be taking advantage of that.
The 29-year-old Coleman has spent his entire career pitching out of the Royals' bullpen, and he appeared in four games in 2015.
Coleman spent the majority of last season pitching in Triple-A Omaha, where he went 8-2 with a 1.69 ERA and a 63 to 23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 64 innings.
Over his short Major League stint, Coleman did not allow a run, and struck out one while walking two in three innings.
Coleman and the Royals avoided arbitration earlier this offseason to keep him in Kansas City. He reportedly would have made $725,000 this year. Just weeks later, the Royals designated him for assignment and subsequently released him.
Now Coleman heads to Los Angeles and becomes the second bullpen arm they've added this offseason, after Joe Blanton.
The Dodgers bullpen was collectively worth 4.5 fWAR last season, good for eighth in the Majors. They pitched to a 3.91 ERA, however, placing them at 19th. Their third-best xFIP was likely the reason for the high Wins Above Replacement total.
Coleman has been very solid over a five-year Major League career.
He is 6-4 with a 3.20 ERA and a 186 to 78 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 177 1/3 innings pitched. According to FanGraphs, his career FIP is 4.30 and his xFIP is 4.05. Overall, he has been worth 0.3 fWAR.