LeCure signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Thursday. The veteran reliever was 0-2 with a 3.14 ERA over 20 innings pitched in 2015 and will start the season with Triple-A Nashville. If he can prove effective, there's a chance he could receive a callup to help the Dodgers' bullpen at some point throughout the season.
LeCure was released by the Diamondbacks on Monday,Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The 31-year-old righty agreed to a minor league contract back in January but failed to make the 25-man roster after posting a 7.88 ERA across 8.0 spring innings. The six-year MLB veteran owns a career 3.51 ERA in 320.2 innings.
LeCure has agreed to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo LeCure's contract will presumably include an invitation to spring training, as he posted a 3.15 ERA and 1.15 WHIP (albeit with a 15:7 K:BB ratio) over 20 innings for the Reds last season. With 320.2 career big-league innings to his name, the 31-year-old righty should have a decent shot to claim a low or medium-leverage job in the Arizona bullpen.
The Reds called up pitcher Sam LeCure and optioned pitcher Dylan Axelrod to the minor leagues on Wednesday, the team announced. LeCure had a 3.81 ERA over 56 2/3 innings last season while Axelrod produced a 7.30 ERA over 12 1/3 innings this season.
When the Reds sent reliever Sam LeCure to Triple-A Louisville at the end of spring training, they were looking for him to get better command of his fastball. LeCure has a 3.68 ERA in five appearances for Louisville this season. It's a positive sign, but the Reds are still waiting to see a change in his fastball. "I think he's doing a nice job of managing the games he's getting into," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "Our primary focus with Sam when he went to Triple-A was to get the fastball command back. in the second half of last year, it was more challenging for him. It's such a big pitch – that two-seam sinker, comebacker that he throws. He was able to lean a bit more on the curveball and changeup last year. I think for him to be the impact pitcher he was for us in the past, the fastball command will need to come back in force. And I have not lost any optimism that he'll be a part of this bullpen here over the course of the season. We certainly miss his influence."