By Jon Weisman
Brandon Beachy, who made two starts for the Dodgers last year during his attempt to comeback from a second Tommy John surgery, has signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles for 2016.
The 29-year-old right-hander still has a 3.36 career ERA (3.41 FIP) with 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings and a 1.16 WHIP. However, he has made only seven Major League starts in the past three years, including a pair of four-inning efforts for the Dodgers in July.
Beachy’s July 11 start for the Dodgers, in which he allowed three runs, was his first MLB outing in nearly 23 months. In his second game July 20, he was one strike away from retiring his eighth batter in a row before faltering. Each time, he blamed his inability to execute his pitches rather than his stuff.
In the minors last season, Beachy pitched 48 2/3 innings with a 3.51 ERA, allowing 64 baserunners while striking out 37.
Beachy was designated for assignment July 30 after the Dodgers’ three-way deal with Miami and Atlanta. He returned to the organization to finish out his year with Oklahoma City, highlighted by seven innings of one-hit, shutout ball against Colorado Springs with seven strikeouts on August 8.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Beachy, lefty reliever Tyler Olson — acquired on December 18 — was designated for assignment.