Late last night, Los Angeles came to terms with veteran left-hander Danny Duffy one a one-year deal with an option for 2023.
Duffy was acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline last year, but never appeared in a game for Los Angeles, as he had been sidelined with an injury while still with the Kansas City Royals.
The 33-year-old left-hander was impressive before his season-ending injury, posting a 2.1 WAR while compiling a 4-3 record and pitching to a 2.51 ERA.
Duffy has a career WAR of 19.8 with career ERA sitting at 3.95.
Free-agent pitcher Danny Duffy in agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year deal with an option, pending physical, according to a source familiar with the situation. First to mention talks: @Feinsand.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) March 18, 2022
Low-Risk, High-Reward Move
This is a good move for the Dodgers if he can stay healthy.
Injuries always bring question marks with players, but if Duffy can stay healthy and return to his old form, then the move should work out just fine for the Dodgers.
It’s also a smart pickup, as there’s no telling if and when Trevor Bauer will return to the Dodgers or if he will ultimately suffer a suspension once MLB has concluded its investigation on his actions regarding sexual assault allegations.
Duffy is a veteran starter who can give a team innings when needed and he should be able to do just that for the Dodgers if he can stay off the injured list.
He was an ace on the Royals’ staff for some time and could potentially return to form with the Dodgers in 2022.
Of course, everything depends on whether or not he can remain healthy.