Last Friday word first came out the former Washington Nationals reliever Todd Coffey has signed a one year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the agreement will pay the right-hander $1 Million for the 2012 season and contains a team option for 2013. At various points the Nationals and Brewers were also linked to the veteran this offseason. The 31 year old immediately becomes one of the most experienced arms in the Dodger bullpen, something that may prove to be pivotal for such a young and transitioning team.
With the Nationals during the 2011 season, Coffey made 69 appearances, pitching 59.2 total innings. He finished the year with a 5-1 record, 3.62 ERA, 6.9 K/9, and 3.0 BB/9. At one point earlier this winter there were rumblings that the team may have been considering bringing Coffey back for another season, but with the additions that have been made in recent weeks it became clear that he no longer factored into the Nationals plans.