Reports: Dodgers agree to deal with RHP Nelson

Field Level Media

January 07, 2020 at 7:02 pm.

Still without a splashy offseason addition, the Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered the roster nonetheless Tuesday, reaching a one-year, $1.25-million deal with right-hander Jimmy Nelson, according to multiple reports.

The Brewers non-tendered Nelson in December as he was set to make a projected $3.7 million in arbitration. Nelson missed the 2018 season after shoulder surgery and made just 10 appearances in 2019 (three starts) because of elbow issues.

A bevy of incentives could take the deal with the Dodgers to as much as $3 million in 2020. There is also a $2 million club option for 2021.

The 30-year old’s best season came in 2017 when he was 12-6 in 29 starts with the Brewers, with a 3.49 ERA. That campaign ended in September when he injured his shoulder on a slide into first base. Still, he finished ninth in the National League Cy Young Award voting.

Nelson is 33-46 in 119 appearances (107 starts) over six seasons with the Brewers, posting a 4.22 ERA. He led the National League with 16 losses in 2016 and was also tops in hit batters in both 2015 and 2016, posting 13 and 17 respectively.

The Dodgers reportedly made another addition Tuesday, when they agreed to a minor-league deal with right-hander Edubray Ramos, USA Today reported.

Ramos, 27, has 173 games of experience, all in relief, over four seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies, delivering a 7-11 record with a 3.71 ERA over 155 1/3 innings.