Heaney, Dodgers finalize $8.5 million, 1-year deal

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LOS ANGELES (AP)Free agent left-hander Andrew Heaney and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized their $8.5 million, one-year contract on Wednesday, filling a hole in the team’s pitching staff.

Heaney can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 100, 125, 150 and 175 innings.

The 30-year-old split 2021 between the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees, going 8-9 with a 5.83 ERA. The Angels traded him to New York on July 30 for two minor leaguers, and he was 2-2 with a 7.32 ERA in 12 games, including five starts, after the swap.

Heaney’s peripheral numbers were better than his ERA, with 150 strikeouts and 41 walks over 129 2/3 innings, sparking speculation he could improve in 2022.

Right-hander Walker Buehler and left-hander Julio Urias are projected for the Dodgers’ rotation next season. Urias was the majors’ lone 20-game winner this year.

The team didn’t extend an $18.4 million qualifying offer to three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw after left forearm inflammation kept him out of the postseason. It’s possible he could return, along with Max Scherzer, who at 37 is a candidate to win his fourth Cy Young Award. Kershaw and Scherzer both became free agents.

Heaney pitched for the Angels from 2015-21. He was very briefly a Dodger before that; Los Angeles acquired him from Miami on Dec. 11, 2014, along with Kike Hernandez and Austin Barnes, then shipped him that same day to Anaheim for Howie Kendrick.

Heaney refused an outright minor league assignment from the Yankees on Oct. 7 and became a free agent. He made $6.75 million last season.

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