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Former Dodgers Reliever Officially Announces Retirement from MLB

A former member of the Dodgers formally announced their retirement on Friday — pitcher Luis Avilán. Avilán played in the major leagues for 10 years, and he was a member of multiple teams during that time. He first signed with the Atlanta Braves as an international free agent in 2005 and worked his way up.

He spent time with the Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals during his career.

Avilán spent the second half of the 2015 season with the Dodgers after being acquired at the trade deadline. He stayed with the team through the 2017 season but had some injury issues that saw him get traded to the White Sox in the winter of 2018.

During his time with LA, he was a solid member of the bullpen. In 2016, he spent most of the year in the minor leagues as he tried to work on some control issues. But when he finally got to the Dodgers, Avilán posted an ERA of 3.20 over 27 games played. He pitched effectively in the postseason, which granted him a main spot in relief in 2017.

The 2017 season was his most productive as a member of the Dodgers, posting an ERA of 2.92 over 61 games played. He had some shoulder issues toward the end of the regular season and ended up missing the playoffs due to the injury.

Avilán was never the star of the LA bullpen, but he was more than serviceable. The veteran finished his career with a record of 23-11 and posted an ERA of 3.43. He carved out a nice career for himself, and we wish him the best of luck in his retirement.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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