Dodgers are relief pitchers Jake Reed for assignment.The move clears a spot on his 40-man roster for designated hitters JD Martinezofficially signed his one-year, $10MM contract.
For Reed, it’s another trip to the DFA frontier, something he’s unfortunately used to. The right-hander has made quite a splash in the league in recent months and continues to attract interest from the various clubs behind the 40-man roster. Since July, Reed has moved from the Mets to the Dodgers, the Orioles, the Red Sox, and returned to LA through waivers. He’ll either be traded or fired within the next week, so it’s possible he’ll change uniforms again.
A low-slot right-hander, Reed has pitched in the majors every year for the past two years. He split that time with the Dodgers, Mets, and Orioles, posting a 5.74 cumulative ERA in 26 2/3 innings. His strikeout rate is 19.2% lower than average, and his ground ball rate is 39.8%, while his walk rate averages about 8.3%.
The University of Oregon product is doing well in the minor leagues. He has clocked time at Triple-A level in his six years, and in 215 2/3 frames he posted a 3.84 ERA, topping his minor league streak at his level with his 25.6% strikeout rate. is recording. It was a similar story last season, with Reid posting a 3.09 ERA and a 26:8 strikeout ratio in 20 Triple-A appearances across the three organizations.
His prolific track record at the upper levels continues to attract the attention of clubs with room behind the roster. The 30-year-old still has an optional year in the minor leagues left, so any team that keeps him in his 40s could bounce him back next season between the majors and Triple-A. There is a nature.