Dodgers Land Veteran Reliever on Minor League Deal
After spending time playing across multiple MLB teams, Andriese will now pitch for Los Angeles.
This week, the Dodgers continued adding veteran depth to the triple-A ranks with the signing of right-handed pitcher Matt Andriese to minor league deal.
Andriese was originally drafted by the Rangers in 2008, but he ultimately decided to take a college route and attended UC Riverside. The Padres drafted him three years later in the third round.
It was not stated whether Andriese will be a non-roster invitee in spring training, but he has a good shot at being there, considering his veteran status.
Though Andriese never pitched for the Padres, the 33-year-old later made his debut with the Rays after being traded to Tampa Bay in 2014.
The righty pitched seven seasons in the Major League across teams including the Rays, Diamondbacks, Angels, Red Sox, and Mariners while posting a 4.63 ERA and 4.21 FIP in 509 innings, with 474 strikeouts and 147 walks.
Last year, the 33-year-old played for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan’s NPB League and posted a 2.86 ERA, with 56 strikeouts, and 14 walks in 63 innings.
Andriese is most likely to pitch in relief in Los Angeles although he was a part-time starter at one point during his first three seasons with Tampa Bay.
Because Andriese is a seven-year veteran, he carries a lot of major-league experience under his belt. With that in mind, the Dodgers can possibly rely on the pitcher whenever necessary to come up and fill in for reliever roles.