Not too many minor league deals make headlines but the Los Angeles Dodgers have had some good luck with them in recent years thanks to Brandon Morrow and Max Muncy.
Ken Rosenthal reported that the team signed knuckleballer J.D. Martin to a minor league deal. It’s not fair to expect him to make an impact for the Dodgers but knuckleballers are always fun.
Martin is a former first-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2001. He’s only been throwing a knuckleball for three seasons. He spent last season in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, appearing in 25 games (22 starts) for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. Martin threw 124.1 innings with a 4.49 ERA and 71 strikeouts.
Before converting to a knuckleballer, the 36-year-old spent time in the minors for the Indians and Washington Nationals before making his MLB debut in 2009. He finished his big league career with a 4.32 ERA in 24 starts.
Rosenthal added that the right-hander will work with former Dodgers knuckleballer Charlie Hough.