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MLB notes: Todd Coffey to showcase for up to 21 teams


By on 1/04/2014 05:30:00 PM

Relief pitcher Todd Coffey last pitched in 2012 when he made 23 appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first half of the season. He developed elbow problems and underwent Tommy John surgery on July 18. Now a free agent, Coffey expects to showcase for as many as 21 teams during workouts later in January according to MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo.

Coffey sat out most of April of 2012 with right knee inflammation. He made most of his starts in May and June and one in July before his surgery. He ended that season 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA. He has a career record of 25-18, 4.10 ERA, 11 saves, and 1.416 WHIP in 461 games, all in relief, over eight seasons. He has pitched for Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Washington, and Los Angeles.

The 2012 Tommy John surgery was the second that Coffey has had. He underwent the same process in 1999 and missed all of 2000 while in the Minor Leagues.

Coffey will showcase himself in Arizona beginning on January 17. Cotillo reports that between 11 and 21 teams will send personnel to watch him. Cotillo quotes Coffey from a January 2 phone interview about the pending showcase although Coffey would not say which teams will be there. Said Coffey,
"We had eleven teams that were really interested at the Winter Meetings, so I want to do a showcase to show everyone that I'm healthy and go from there. Eleven are definitely very interested and want to see me throw as soon as possible."
Coffey is 32, and if he proves himself healthy, he could eventually work his way back to the Major Leagues. At this point, though, a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training may be his best option. Since he is not currently on a 40-man roster, he is not on the list of active players currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, if he makes a team, he could become another Tommy John success story.

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