If little things add up to big ones, maybe the Dodgers are building up to something.
Monday they added another pitcher for cash considerations or a player to be named later, so new President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman is quietly finding minor ways to spend his newfound ownership wealth.
This time he acquired right-hander Juan Nicasio from the Rockies, presumably to pitch out of the new bullpen.
To make room for Nicasio on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers actually designated for assignment the first player Friedman acquired with the Dodgers, infielder Ryan Jackson. Talk about a tough trivia question one day.
Nicasio, 28, went 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA in 33 games for the Rockies last season, including 14 starts that all came in the first half. As a starter, he went 5-5 with a 5.95 ERA 1.59 WHIP, but in 19 games as a reliever he went 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
The bullpen was the Dodgers’ greatest weakness last season. Friedman previously added veteran reliever Joel Peralta from his former club, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Nicasio, a four-year veteran from the Dominican Republic, is arbitration-eligible. Lifetime he is 21-22 with a 5.03 ERA.