The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Tom Koehler, according to a major-league source. It’s reportedly worth $2 million.
Koehler, 31, struggled as a starter with the Marlins to begin this season before being demoted to Triple-A and, eventually, traded to the Blue Jays. His numbers as a reliever (3.00 ERA in 12 innings) were much better than as a starter (7.42 ERA in 60.2 innings), suggesting that Los Angeles could use him as a long man or middle reliever who has the ability to spot-start.
Koehler pitched much better after his trade to Toronto, logging a 2.65 ERA while seeing his velocity increase in 17 relief innings.
The Dodgers were one of at least six teams with strong interest in Koehler, who was non-tendered by the Jays at the beginning of the month. Los Angeles had significant interest in Koehler when the Marlins were shopping him over the summer before the trade to Toronto.
Koehler owns a career 4.39 ERA and 4.49 FIP in six major-league seasons with Miami (2012-17) and Toronto (2017).