Kenley Jansen will be closing games for the Dodgers for at least the next three seasons. The rest of the bullpen is a work in progress.
After spending big on Jansen, Los Angeles isn’t investing in another premium reliever, as per Ken Rosenthal.
Sources: #Dodgers, if they sign another reliever, will not go beyond one year. Could take them out of Holland market if he wants multi-year.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2016
The Dodgers already exceeded the anticipated spending limit. Committing more dollars and years to the bullpen simply isn’t a smart play. L.A. has numerous average mid-relief pitchers, so unless it was for an upper-tier setup man, it wouldn’t make sense to spend anymore on the bullpen.
Rosenthal notes the hesitation could cost the Dodgers Greg Holland. Holland would be a solid addition, but he made more sense as a Jansen replacement. There are enough teams in need of closers, such as the Washington Nationals, who could offer Holland that opportunity. A healthy Holland, while an upgrade, is essentially a luxury to the Dodgers at this time.
As Dodgers Nation explained previously, Holland could take a one-year contract heavy on incentives. In that case, the Dodgers would benefit, while Holland can rebuild his value at Chavez Ravine. Regardless of the years he wants, if Holland wants the chance to close, the Dodgers aren’t a destination anyway.