According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers have avoided arbitration with new acquisition Vidal Nuno. The starter/reliever will sign a one-year, $1.125 million deal with his new team after earning earning $532,900 with the Seattle Mariners last season.
Nuno, 29, has a journeyman career since he was selected in the 48th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Nuno broke into the majors in 2013 with the New York Yankees, who signed him after being released by Cleveland. Nuno spent two seasons in New York before being dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for current Dodgers teammate Brandon McCarthy. Nuno played just 17 games in Arizona before being dealt to Seattle along with Mark Trumbo. Nuno was acquired by the Dodgers this offseason in exchange for veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz.
Nuno was a starter for most of his career, but transitioned to the bullpen in Seattle with some success. Nuno went 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA in 55 appearances, with just 1 start. The move to the bullpen saw his walk rate tumble to a 1.7 walks per nine innings, the lowest rate of his career.
Nuno figures to have an important role in Los Angeles, who values pitchers who can move between the bullpen and rotation, like McCarthy, Brock Stewart and Ross Stripling among others. Nuno has been statistically better in the in the National League, with a 3.49 ERA in 98.0 innings pitched there. The Dodgers now will attempt to settle with their remaining arbitration eligible players; Alex Wood, Josh Fields, Luis Avilan and Yasmani Grandal.