Originally written on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 12/19/11
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Ned Colletti is on fire with signing players in their early thirties this winter, today is no different. Dylan Hernandez is tweeting that the Dodgers have officially signed John Grabow. Yippee yay. I suppose it could be worse, Colletti could've given him a two-year backloaded deal, c'mon it's just fun now and I had to throw that in there. Luckily this is only a minor league deal, so this deal could actually pay off, much like the deal that was given to Mike MacDougal last year. With another lefty signed, to me it really signals that the Dodgers are planning on moving on from Kuo, and sticking with Scott Elbert this year. I see Elbert being the primary lefty in 2012, and then Mattingly will have to to find another lefty to call upon when needed through the hodgepodge of minor league deals given out.

Grabow, 33 (of course), signed a two-year, $7.5MM with the Cubs back in 2009, so thank God Colletti didn't go in that direction. During the last two seasons with the Cubs Grabow posted a 5.52 ERA, 5.9 K/9, 4.2 BB/9, and 1.4 HR/9 in 88 innings. Not exactly what you call a bonafide reliable arm out of the 'pen, but as a low-risk, high-reward signing it might just work out in the Dodgers favor. If Grabow can stay healthy and assuming he is healthy in the first place after battling knee and shoulder injuries over the past couple of seasons, Grabow could be the steal of the winter for the Dodgers. 
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