For the Dodgers, it’s the end of an era that never began. Moreover, it was announced that the club is going to officially decline the 2023 contract option of left-handed pitched Danny Duffy, making him a free agent. MLB.com’s Juan Toribio was among those to report.
#Dodgers are declining Danny Duffy’s club option for next season. Andrew Friedman said they’re still deciding on Justin Turner’s. He did add he hopes Turner will be a Dodger when spring training rolls around.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) November 9, 2022
Duffy came to the Dodgers just ahead of the trade deadline in 2021. He was on the injured list at the time but the hope was that he would be able to return by September for a potential bullpen role. Instead, he was shut down for the year with a forearm issue that at one point during the offseason had the veteran mulling retirement.
Instead, after an offseason operation, the Dodgers and Duffy agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with a club option for 2023 valued at $7 million. The 2022 contract included performance escalators as well. But, he never made it back to the big leagues. Originally, there was hope for a mid-season return, but after a few false starts, the team eventually shut him down in September.
In all likelihood, that spells the end of the line for the hometown kid, at least in Dodger blue. Over 11 MLB seasons with the Kansas City Royals, Duffy worked to a 68-68 record with a 3.95 ERA over 1172.1 innings. He was a World Series champion with the Royals in 2015.
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