The Dodgers made a minor league signing on Friday in left-handed reliever Reymind Guduan, according to Guduan’s personal Instagram account.
Guadan was formerly with the Houston Astros and was suspended for the second half of the 2019 season after a rather serious altercation with a teammate which led to him being designated for assignment in September.
Looks like former Astros lefty reliever Reymin Guduan signed with the Dodgers. Guduan was suspended for the second half of last season and then DFA’d in September pic.twitter.com/vRnFDCiV6d
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) December 6, 2019
Guduan has only thrown 24 2/3 career innings at the major league level — all with Houston — and has not fared well. He holds a so-so 21.5 percent strikeout rate, but an awful 13.5 percent walk rate, albeit in a small sample size.
Most recently, Guduan made seven appearances for the Astros in 2019, being worth -0.3 WAR and allowing seven earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Despite the poor performance numbers, the Dodgers must have seen something they liked in the southpaw. At the end of the day, it is just a minor league deal. There is a strong chance he never throws a pitch for the big club due to the roster shuffling the Dodgers are prone to, but there is a chance for him.
Going from one progressive organization in the Houston Astros to another in the Dodgers demonstrates some intrigue. The Dodgers simply don’t sign random relievers without something being intriguing within their profile and the Astros don’t either.
A major factor in Guduan’s future might be with his attitude. The altercation supposedly included Guduan pulling a knife on a teammate, which is obviously not behavior that is welcome in the Dodgers clubhouse.
This is second minor signing in as many days for Los Angeles after they picked up Casey Crosby — another lefty — on Thursday.