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Dodgers Agree to Minor League Deal with One Time Rockies Reliever

It wasn’t the big signing that Dodgers fans were hoping for, but the LA front office did make a signing on Sunday – albeit a minor one. According to The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya, the Dodgers signed former Rockies right-handed reliever Yency Almonte to a minor league deal.

Almonte is another classic Friedman flyer for the Dodgers. Last season, the righty struggled mightily on his way to a 7.59 ERA in 47.2 IP. Almonte’s ERA was the second highest among relievers with at least 40 IP in 2021. He also had the third worst WAR (-0.5).

That being said, Almonte could be another victim of the Coors Field effect. He posted a home ERA of 10.67 (27.2 IP), but recorded a 3.48 ERA (20.2 IP) on the road. 

The Miami native was drafted in the 17th round of the 2012 draft by the Orange County Angels. Oddly enough, he was acquired by the Rockies in the 2015 trade with the White Sox that sent current Dodgers reliever Tommy Kahnle to Chicago.

The Dodgers have nothing to lose with the signing of Almonte. If he does perform well at spring training and make the team, he’ll find that Dodger Stadium is a much friendlier place to pitch than Coors Field.

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