Earlier today, the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to sign right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister, according to multiple reports. The former Indian and Tiger spent a short amount of time with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate late last season and will return to Triple-A with the club on his one-year contract.
Now, it came to a shock after McAllister was cut loose by the Rangers at the end of Spring Training despite having signed a big league deal with Texas and having a decent showing in camp. He recorded a 3.00 ERA and a 10-to-2 K/BB ratio in 12 innings.
Furthermore, last season did not go as planned for the veteran righty. He was torched for a 6.20 ERA in 45 innings between Cleveland and Detroit.
In addition, his velocity remained consistent at 95.3 mph fastball and posted a solid 39-to-10 K/BB ratio. Before that season, McAllister gave the Cleveland Indians 183 1/3 innings of 2.99 ERA relief with 10.0 K/9 against 3.3 BB/9 over a three-year span.
Lastly, the Dodgers do not have an opening in their bullpen so he will head down to Oklahoma City (Triple-A). If McAllister pitches well down there, he could be added on the 40-man roster, so if they decide to do so and call him up, they only have to make a 25-man roster move to accommodate him.