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Dodgers News: Heath Hembree Elects Free Agency Following DFA

For the most part of the 2022 season, the Dodgers’ pitching has produced and is one of the main reasons why they hold the best record in baseball.

Los Angeles currently holds the best team ERA in the league at 2.82 and that has come with the Dodgers having their fair share of pitchers on the IL this season. 

OC Register’s Bill Plunkett has more news concerning a former reliever that was on the 40-man roster. 

Veteran reliever Heath Hembree cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A after being designated for assignment last week. Hembree instead elected free agency. 

Hembree’s assignment to Triple-A came due to the return of Tommy Kahnle earlier this week. However, it comes as no surprise that the 33-year-old elected to go into the open market instead of remaining in the Dodgers’ minor league system. 

Hembree was signed to a minor league deal with LA in the summer after being let go by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his 6 games with the Dodgers, the South Carolina native had a 1-1 record, 7.94 ERA in 5.2 innings, 5 K’s and a 2.11 WHIP. 

Hembree is a journeyman who had spent the majority of his time with the Boston Red Sox and even won a title with them in 2018. After that, he bounced around from a handful of NL teams in the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Giants, and recently mentioned Pirates. 

We wish Heath nothing but the best in his next spot. Good luck!

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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