Right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman received a one-year, $1.5 million deal in his second year of arbitration. This is a raise from the $835,000 he earned last year and below the $1.4 million he was projected for.
The 30-year old has worked exclusively as a reliever since returning from Tommy John surgery that wiped out his entire 2016 season.
Workman went 6-1 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 8.1 K/9 in 41 1/3 innings last year.
A solid regular season was followed by a forgettable postseason. Workman allowed a run on two hits and a walk while recording only one out in Game 1 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees. He allowed a pair of hits in Game 2 while again only recording one out. Workman followed that by being lit up for four earned runs in 1/3 of an inning in the ALCS against the Houston Astros. He did not make an appearance in the World Series.
Workman is out of minor league options so we can expect he’ll be part of the bullpen on Opening Day. He’s a decent option in the middle innings but his poor postseason performance will make him hard to trust in tight spots.