After releasing “ERA 7.29→0.70” in Boston, he turned his life around to the Dodgers and signed a two-year, 12 billion won FA contract

February 6, 2024 | by

Pitcher Ryan Brazier (36), who succeeded in coming back after being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, even won a multi-year FA contract.

Ken Rosenthal, a reporter for The Athletic, said on the 6th (Korea Standard Time) that FA right-hander Brazier has agreed to a two-year, 9 million-dollar contract with the Dodgers. Adding incentives is up to 13 million dollars. Last year’s annual salary was 2 million dollars, but the deal raised the price significantly.

Brazier, who made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, recorded a career-high 268 games (1 start, 257 ⅓ innings) with 9 wins, 8 losses, 10 saves, 57 holds and an ERA of 3.88 strikeouts in seven major league seasons. Brazier, who had a four-year Major League absence due to Tommy John surgery, rehabilitation and advancement to Japan after his debut with the Angels, took a chance at the Boston Red Sox in 2018 after going through the Japanese professional baseball Hiroshima Toyokaf in 2017.

Brazier, who contributed to winning the World Series by playing in 34 games (33 ⅔ innings) with 2 wins and 10 holds with 1.60 strikeouts, contributed to Boston’s main bullpen until 2022.

However, he showed a downward trend with an ERA of 5.78 in 2022, and showed an extremely sluggish performance early last year. Before Yang was appointed as a DFA on May 16 last year, he collapsed with an ERA of 7.29 in 20 games (21 innings), one win, one save, and one hold.

After the DFA, the Boston Red Sox released Brazier as of May 22. After signing a minor league contract with the Dodgers on June 5 as a free agent, Brazier changed into a completely different pitcher after the big league call-up on June 21.

With the Dodgers, Brazier pitched overwhelmingly in 39 games (38 ⅔ innings) with two wins, one save, 10 holds and an ERA of 0.70 strikeouts. He also recovered his overall performance for this season with three wins, two saves, and 11 holds with an ERA of 3.02 in 59 games (59 ⅔ innings). Since moving to the Dodgers, he has gained effect by installing a cutter. He has been a four-seam fastball and slider two-pitch player, but has overcome his weakness against left-handed hitters by utilizing the cutter. His walks per nine innings, which was 3.9 for the Boston Red Sox, also decreased to 2.3, and his pitching has become noticeably more stable.

During an away game in Boston at the end of August last year, spectators booed him. In an interview with The Athletic at the time, Brazier said, “While practicing cutter, other pitching arsenals also revived. I was able to continue my momentum after achieving some success with the cutter,” adding, “Two weeks was important before I signed a contract with the Dodgers after being released from Boston. I was able to organize myself at that time. When I came to the Dodgers, I felt that I was ready to start anew 마카오카지노도메인.”

Brazier, who overcame the pain of release and succeeded in rebounding after coming to the Dodgers, was recognized for his value in the FA market even in his late 30s. Rumors have it that he would renew his contract with the Dodgers, and although it took some time, he completed the contract ahead of the spring training. Dodgers’ pitchers and catchers will start spring training in Glendale, Ariz. from Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers traded left-handed bullpen pitcher Caleb Ferguson (27) to the New York Yankees. Ferguson recorded 18 wins, 9 losses, 5 saves, 40 holds and 247 strikeouts in 201 games (14 starts and 207 ⅓ innings) since his debut in the big league in 2018. Last year, he had 7 wins, 4 losses, 3 saves and 17 holds in 68 games (seven starts and 60 ⅓ innings).

Other than Victor Gonzalez, the Yankees, which lacked a left-handed bullpen, gave up left-handed pitcher Matt Gaige (30) and right-handed pitcher Christian Zazueta (19) to the Dodgers on condition that Ferguson be granted. Gaige appeared in relief in all 16 games (19 ⅔ innings) in two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2022 and the Houston Astros last year, recording one loss and an ERA of 1.83. Zazueta, a Mexican pitcher who was born in 2004, appeared in the starting lineup in all 12 games (52 innings) in the Dominican Summer League last year, and posted 3 wins, 2 losses and an ERA of 3.29.


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