When healthy, the Dodgers pitching unit was one of the best in the league and Andrew Heaney was one of the names to keep the Dodgers on top. Heaney is in the mix of free agent pitches to keep an eye on and the Blue Jays are reportedly in on going after the pitcher.
Before signing with the Dodgers last season, the Blue Jays pursued Heaney before he ultimately chose the Dodgers. In retrospect, it seemed like the right move to make as the Dodgers finished 19 wins ahead of the Blue Jays and competed in the divisional series while the Blue Jays lost in the Wild Card.
Despite the disappointing end to the season, the Dodgers’ success can’t be understated. In Heaney’s 16 game appearances (14 starts), Heaney finished with a 3.10 ERA with 110 strikeouts to go with his 4-4 record.
As the #BlueJays seek pitching, a name on their radar is LHP Andrew Heaney per source.
Jays pursued him aggressively last year, but he signed with Dodgers & posted elite 35.5% K rate (MLB avg: 22.1%) with 6.1% walk rate & 3.10 ERA in 72.2 IP (14 starts).
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) November 11, 2022
It would be in the best interest of the Dodgers to bring back Heaney as he provides added depth when it clearly showed the team was lacking it by the end of the season. The hope is by midway through next season the same issues won’t arise as the current pitching unit gets back to full strength.
The plan for the Dodgers moving forward still remains more of a mystery with all the different moving parts and possible additions, but it’s no question that bringing back Heaney will be important for future success.
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