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Monday, November 08, 2021

Dodgers To Sign Andrew Heaney

3:44 pm: It’s an $8.5MM guarantee, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (via Twitter).

3:37 pm: The Dodgers are signing free agent left-hander Andrew Heaney to a one-year contract, pending a physical, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter link). The deal is for more than $8MM, according to Rosenthal.

It’s the first major significant free agent strike of the offseason, as Heaney checked in 50th on MLBTR’s just-released free agent rankings. The southpaw returns to Southern California, where he’d spent parts of the 2015-21 seasons with the Angels. He split the 2021 campaign between the Angels and the Yankees, who acquired him at the trade deadline for a pair of pitching prospects.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 08, 2021 at 05:03 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: November 08, 2021 at 05:52 PM (#6051946)
can't believe his ERA was only 6.93 for NYY and that he won 2 (ok, any) games.

what a sad sack on the Yankee stadium mound he was

I'd laugh harder if it wasn't the Dodgers who signed him
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: November 08, 2021 at 06:31 PM (#6051950)
can't believe his ERA was only 6.93 for NYY

heh, it was 7.32
   3. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 08, 2021 at 07:16 PM (#6051956)
What is the point? Unless the Dodgers have seen something they think they can fix, sort of like a Cardinals/Rays type of dark art, then I think they're throwing $8.5 mil in the toilet.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: November 08, 2021 at 08:41 PM (#6051972)
Yeah, $8 M seems nuts. Incentives to take it to $8 I could believe. The peripherals are a bit better than the results and I'll assume spin rates or something look even better but how does this guy rate that kind of money. Baseball is a funny game.
   5. Hombre Brotani Posted: November 08, 2021 at 09:15 PM (#6051977)
The peripherals are a bit better than the results and I'll assume spin rates or something look even better
Heaney's always been far lesser than the sum of his parts. The Angels kept waiting for him to break out, waiting, waiting, waiting. He's just not that guy.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 08, 2021 at 09:19 PM (#6051978)
Heaney's always been far lesser than the sum of his parts. The Angels kept waiting for him to break out, waiting, waiting, waiting. He's just not that guy.

Pitchers are weird. He wouldn't be the first guy to break after 30. Dodgers must see something.
   7. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: November 08, 2021 at 11:06 PM (#6052001)
I was hoping the Red Sox would pick up Heaney, so that the Yankees would be facing him instead of having to duck behind him. What a train wreck he turned out to be.

Adam Ottavino performed such a service for the Yankees after they dumped him on the Sox for "unknown compensation" after the 2020 season, and in 8 games against the Yanks in 2021 he posted a 9.45 ERA.
   8. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: November 09, 2021 at 02:30 AM (#6052008)
Have fun, Dodgers.

(He says, knowing the Dodgers will turn him into a 3-WAR swingman somehow)
   9. Jack Sommers Posted: November 09, 2021 at 10:15 AM (#6052042)
Rosenthal wrote about this (Athletic Paywall)

talks about his xERA being same as 2018, his K % being one of best in the league, peripherals, etc etc.

Looking for the next Robbie Ray.

That happens all the time, amirite ?


Heaney Statcast page
   10. Adam Starblind Posted: November 09, 2021 at 10:31 AM (#6052048)
Szymborski was tweeting yesterday that ZIPS likes him.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 09, 2021 at 11:05 AM (#6052053)
talks about his xERA being same as 2018, his K % being one of best in the league, peripherals, etc etc.

Looking for the next Robbie Ray.

That happens all the time, amirite ?


Well, it never happens if you don't ever sign these type of guys. 1 year/$8M is insignificant to any MLB team; to the Dodgers it's a rounding error.
   12. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: November 09, 2021 at 11:17 AM (#6052057)
Heaney was awful for the Yankees but pretty good for the Angels. Even if he's never become anything special an inning-eating starter has some value. Assuming he's a legit 90-95 ERA+ guy and the time in New York was just a two month aberration he feels like a good get.
   13. Jack Sommers Posted: November 09, 2021 at 11:35 AM (#6052062)
Don’t mind me. I’m just bitter about Robbie Ray
   14. Hombre Brotani Posted: November 09, 2021 at 02:45 PM (#6052125)
Heaney was awful for the Yankees but pretty good for the Angels.
Was he, though? I suppose it's a matter of expectations. Heaney's peripherals suggests that he's an above average, frontline starter, and he's never lived up to those expectations. The Dodgers probably just need him to be a spot starter and long man, which is really what he's actually been.
   15. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: November 09, 2021 at 02:48 PM (#6052127)
Well if you look at the wrong column and think his FIP is his ERA yeah he was pretty good for the Angels.

Having said that in his time as a full time starter since 2018 he's got a 91 ERA+ which is fine. It's not great but has value. And of course he led the Majors in shutouts in 2018. The entire Major Leagues!!!! (OK with 1 shut up).
   16. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 09, 2021 at 02:52 PM (#6052129)
Any time you have one of these pitcher reach signings, it seems like spin is the reasoning behind it.

I don't quite understand baseball savant's active spin leaderboard, but Heaney is near the top.

https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/leaderboard/active-spin

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