October 2, 2022

MLB Rumors: Former Giants reliever Reyes Moronta signs with rival Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE — Reyes Moronta once looked like the nearer future at Oracle Park, but if he’s in the big leagues this season, it’ll be with rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Moronta will be in the Dodgers’ camp as an unregistered guest, hoping to find a consistent major league role for the first time since 2019, when a shoulder injury ended what had been a very promising career. MLB.com’s Juan Toribio, citing a source, was the first to report the move. ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez reported, citing a source, that Moronta would earn $1.5 million if he made the major league team.

Moronta made his debut for the Giants in 2017 and had a 2.65 ERA in 136 appearances in the orange and black, with 11 strikeouts per nine innings. With a fastball that consistently hit 99 mph and a good slider, Moronta got a late-inning role and looked like a good candidate to handle the ninth inning for the Giants at some point. Everything changed on August 31, 2019.

Moronta injured his shoulder throwing a pitch and collapsed to the ground in pain. He underwent shoulder surgery days later and did not pitch in 2020, ending his season at the alternate venue.

Moronta made the opening day roster in 2021 and had four scoreless appearances in April before heading to IL with a right flexor strain. He returned to the mound but never returned from Triple-A Sacramento, where he struggled mightily with his command. He was dropped from the 40-man roster in September.

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Moronta played winter ball to prove his health, and he’ll now try to craft a Dodgers bullpen that’s being lightly redone this offseason. His last move on the roster as a member of the Giants bullpen will always be notable, however; when the Giants put Moronta on the IL, they filled out the roster by recalling LaMonte Wade Jr.

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