Steven Geltz endured the worst season of his career in 2016, giving up 11 homers in just 26.2 innings and posting a bloated 5.74 ERA and 5.42 xFIP. The 28-year-old right-hander's track record through a long minor league career and two stints at the big league level in prior seasons in Tampa afford him some slack, particularly the 20 holds he tallied with the Rays in 2015. However, there may not be room for Geltz come 2017 in what figures to be a competitive Tampa bullpen situation during spring training.
Geltz signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Geltz went from a good year in 2015 to being DFA'd by the Rays and outrighted by the Brewers in 2016, in case you need a reminder of the volatility of relievers. Geltz will likely work as organizational depth for the Dodgers bullpen.
Geltz declined his assignment to Triple-A and elected to become a free agent on Wednesday. This was a weird string of events, as the Brewers claimed Adam Walker, then DFA'd him to claim Geltz, then lost Walker on waivers and will now lose Geltz to free agency after designating him for assignment. He will look to catch on elsewhere as bullpen depth for 2017.
Geltz was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. The Brewers claimed the right-hander off waivers less than a week ago, but it seems that his career 4.23 ERA out of major league bullpens wasn't up to snuff of a player the Brewers wanted on their 40-man roster. If he sticks in the organization, he'll likely act as organizational bullpen depth.
Geltz was claimed off waivers by the Brewers on Monday. He has a 4.23 ERA and 23.1 percent strikeout rate in 104.1 big league innings, working primarily in mid-to-low leverage situations last year for the Rays. Look for him to pitch out of the middle of the Brewers' bullpen in 2017.
Geltz was designated for assignment by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Geltz worked himself into a prominent role in the Rays' bullpen in 2015, making 70 appearances and even recording a couple saves, but he evidently fell out of favor within the organization with a lackluster showing in 2016. He will now be subjected to waivers.