Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free-agent lefty reliever Mike Dunn and the Rockies are close to a three-year deal that will pay Dunn $19 million.
Dunn has spent the past six seasons with the Marlins where he has averaged 68 appearances a season while posting a K/BB ratio of 357/150 over 328 innings. For his career he has held lefties to a line of .228/.309/.330. He’s no specialist, necessarily, though, as he has faced more right-handed batters than lefties. Against them he’s allowed a line of .239/.339/.408.
He’s a solid and reliable reliever, though certainly not a superstar. That price tag, however — the three-year commitment as opposed to the dollars themselves — tells you just how crazy teams have gone for bullpen help these days.