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Could Matt Guerrier actually prove a bargain?

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier (55) pitches in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium Monday. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire
At the time, it was a mild head-scratcher.

Three years and $12 million for a 32-year-old middle reliever?

Matt Guerrier had been a very nice reliever the previous six years for the Minnesota Twins. For his career, he had a 3.37 earned-run average, a 1.23 WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) and had appeared in more than 70 games in each of the previous four seasons.

With multiyear deals for middle relievers almost in vogue during the off-season, the Dodgers signed Guerrier.

So far, he has been a serious bargain.

In nine appearances this season, Guerrier has yet to give up a run and has fashioned a remarkable 0.69 WHIP.

Thursday, he pitched two scoreless innings for the Dodgers, picking up his first victory. He has yet to give up a run in 10 2/3 innings as a Dodger.

With Kenley Jansen and Lance Cormier struggling, Ronald Belisario still doing his Venezuelan visa dance, Hong-Chih Kuo on the disabled list, Ramon Troncoso still unrecognizable and Vicente Padilla just about to make his season debut, the Dodgers have badly needed Guerrier to come through.

Just like a reliever worthy of a three-year deal. And so far, he has been better than even expected.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Matt Guerrier (55) pitches in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium Monday. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire

 
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Yes Guerrier has been quite a surprise and it looks like he's arrived in the nick of time. So far he's looked great and holding the bullpen up. Great job yesterday.

From the Dodgers payroll:

Also paying
$7,700,000 Manny Ramirez
$3,500,000 Juan Pierre
$3,375,000 Andruw Jones
$1,500,000 Jason Schmidt
$1,000,000 Vicente Padilla
$150,000 Brad Ausmus
$125,000 Octavio Dotel

How in the world is it that Ned Confetti (just throw as much junk in the air and see where it falls) still has a job?

Joe Torre would have LOVED Guerrier (for about 1, maybe 1 1/2 seasons) to death... think Proctor.

Proving that every once in awhile even Ned can fall backwards into clover instead of face first into shat.

Power pitcher use the breaking ball to make hitters sick. Junk ballers use it piss 'em off. While Guerrier's crisp 90mph fastball he uses to control the count keeps him from being considered a true junk baller, the location command he shows when throwing the curve has been a thing of beauty. Dodger's haven't had a guy locate a curve like he does since Ojeda.
@16: Too true my friend, too true. Here's to hoping a couple of reliable arms show up to save Matt from the same fate.

@waus - you do realize that McCourt directed that those funds be deferred, right? I'm not sure what's wrong with $1mm for Padilla either.


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