The Dodgers have agreed to terms with lefty Scott Alexander on a one-year $875,000 contract to avoid arbitration, which was reported by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale on Twitter.
Alexander only saw 17 innings in 2019 due to forearm and thumb injuries. He went on the IL in June and never made his way back to the mound. In September, Alexander underwent surgery to address the nerve issues he was dealing with in his left hand.
The Dodgers need to bolster up their bullpen next season, and they’re hoping post-surgery Alexander will be a start. With MLB implementing the new rule next year that pitchers must face three batters or finish the half-inning before a new pitcher can come in Alexander’s ability to get outs against righties and lefties will be essential to have in the bullpen.
MLB saw an increase in home runs once again last season and Alexander being a ground ball specialist is exactly what the Dodgers need in the bullpen for the 2020 season. Whether or not Alexander can recover from his surgeries and be effective will remain to be seen for the time being.