With such little Dodger news lately, anything about the boys in blue these days gets us a little excited. Here’s a bit of news about reliever Tony Cingrani. The Dodgers have reportedly reached an agreement with Cingrani on a one-year 2.6 million dollar deal. Cingrani was arbitration eligible and the new contract avoids going to arbitration. According to Rosenthal the new deal is a major league guaranteed contract.
The agreement seems to be a win-win situation for both sides as Cingrani has pitched very well when healthy. In 2018 his peripherals were quite good despite the left hander missing most of the season due to shoulder problems. The 29-year old southpaw appeared in 30 games in 2018 with the Dodgers and posted a 4.76 ERA. However he struck out 36 while walking only 6 in 22.2 innings pitched.
#Dodgers agree with LHP Tony Cingrani on one-year, $2.65 contract, fully guaranteed, source tells The Athletic. Most arbitration deals are not guaranteed.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2018
Cingrani struck out 14.3 per nine in 2018 and whiffed 13.0 batters per nine in 2017 during his stint with the National League pennant winning Dodgers. Cingrani allowed just 7.5 hits per nine last year and issued just 2.4 free passes per nine as well. In 2017 Cingrani appeared in 22 games and posted a 2.79 ERA with 28 strikeouts against just 6 walks in those 22 frames. Cingrani has allowed just three home runs as a Dodger.
If Cingrani is healthy he could team up with Caleb Ferguson as a situational lefty. Or perhaps he could become an eighth inning setup guy, teaming with Pedro Baez as the bridge to Kenley Jansen. Either way the Dodgers deploy him in 2019, Cingrani has been a very good pitcher for the Dodgers since they acquired him. If health permits, look for him to become a vital cog in the Dodger’s 2019 bullpen plans.