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Of pitchers who ended the season on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, here are three I see as relegated to Albuquerque (who frankly needs all the relief help they can get) and two I see playing in others' uniforms or maybe not at all.
Coffey’s career in Dodger blue was frankly over before it started. After giving up four earned runs in his first three appearances, he missed two weeks due to injury and posted a 4.50 ERA in May.
After a scoreless June, Coffey got hurt again in July and is facing Tommy John surgery that will leave him sidelined for most of the rest of his contract.
I’m not sure where Todd’s next cup of coffee will come, but it won’t be in Los Angeles.
Ely has a 4-13 career record in the bigs, 5.70 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, .813 OPS surrendered.
Though he was 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA in Albuquerque, he gave up six earned runs against just eight big-league outs for the Dodgers in 2012.
It’s looking like another long dose of Albuquerque for Ely.
The 21-year-old lefty was quite solid in his September callup, with six strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings, all but one of which were amassed in appearances of facing three batters or less.
However, I’m still not ready to pencil him in as the Dodgers No. 2 lefty option, since he has pitched a grand total of 26 and one-third innings of baseball in the majors and minors combined.
Wall appeared sparingly for the Dodgers in the second half of this season, spending most of the season as Albuquerque’s closer.
Though he recorded 28 saves and two wins in relief, his ERA was 4.53, only slightly better than his 4.76 ERA on the Senior Circuit.
Wall has been in the minors for eight seasons, and has had an ERA north of 4.00 in the last seven of them
Because of the multitude of righty relievers in the Dodgers, Isotopes’ and Lookouts’ arsenals, somebody’s gotta be let go.
And that somebody is probably going to end up being Jamey Wright (pictured), despite his finishing second among Dodger relievers in innings pitched and serving as the Dodgers' primary long reliever.
This boils mostly down to Wright’s age (38 next season), handedness, and ERA (3.72 on an unremarkable 1.51 WHIP).
I would give Wright an outside shot of another year or two if the Dodgers make no other free agent acquisitions, or if Ely or Fife are forced into the rotation and the Dodgers need another long man.