The Nationals and reliever Brad Hand officially agreed to a one-year deal this week, ending the Dodgers’ reported pursuit of the left-hander this winter. If the club is still aiming to add a lefty to the bullpen mix before the season, there’s one former All-Star LA might want to kick the tires on.
The Dodgers and Andrew Friedman love to buy-low on veteran relievers. Could free agent lefty Sean Doolittle be next?
The 34-year-old Doolittle is coming off his worst season in the majors (5.87 ERA), but could pitching coach Mark Prior and the Dodgers return him to his 2018 All-Star form?
Sean Doolittle 2020 Stats
- ERA: 5.87 (3.07 Career ERA)
- WHIP: 1.70 (0.97 Career WHIP)
- ERA+: 81 (Career 134)
- SO/9: 7.0 (Career 10.5)
- FIP: 8.28 (Career 2.79)
- Barrel%: 15.4 (Career 6.6)
- Average Fastball Velocity: 91.2 MPH (Career 94.7)
Doolittle’s 2020, no matter the statistic, was nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. His fastball velocity slipped, his strikeouts plummeted, and he struggled with control (4.7 BB/9). Doolittle’s FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching), a stat used to estimate a pitcher’s run prevention by removing the performance of the defense, skyrocketed to…