Almonte pitched two perfect innings and notched four strikeouts against the Phillies on Thursday. Almonte spent his first four big-league seasons with Colorado before joining the Dodgers on a minor-league deal this spring. The right-hander was called up Thursday and looked great in his first game in a Los Angeles uniform, retiring all six batters he faced, including the final three by strikeout. The Dodgers have one of the league's top bullpens, so Almonte doesn't figure to see much high-leverage work while he remains in the majors.
Almonte's contract was selected by the Dodgers on Thursday. Almonte made 48 relief appearances for the Rockies last year and recorded a 7.55 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 47.2 innings. He began the 2022 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City and posted a 3.52 ERA and 0.86 in 15.1 innings over 11 minor-league outings. The right-hander will join the major-league bullpen after Ryan Pepiot was sent down Thursday, and Almonte is unlikely to pitch in many high-leverage situations.
The Dodgers reassigned Almonte to minor-league camp Monday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. Almonte was one of nine non-roster invitees that the Dodgers shipped out of big-league camp with Opening Day just four days away. The 27-year-old made 48 appearances in the majors with the Rockies in 2021 and produced a 7.55 ERA over 47.2 innings, but he wasn't able to secure a spot in a Dodgers bullpen that contained more high-quality competition.
Almonte signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Sunday that includes an invite to major-league spring training, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Almonte spent the first four years of his major-league career in Colorado, and he made a career-high 48 relief appearances for the Rockies in 2021. During that time, he posted a career-worst 7.55 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 47.2 innings and blew all three of his save chances. The right-hander will earn $1.5 million if he earns a big-league roster spot with the Dodgers in 2022.
Almonte elected free agency last week, according to his personal Twitter account. He was designated for assignment by the Rockies in October, and it's not necessarily surprising to see a young pitcher opt to switch to a different organization when given the chance. Almonte was a prospect of note back in 2016, but he has transitioned to relief and has been unable to emerge as a reliable big-league reliever (career 5.30 ERA) in 114 appearances with the Rockies.
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