It’s no secret that one of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ most glaring weaknesses is their bullpen. Last season, the team was 19th in reliever ERA. There needs to be a major improvement there if the Dodgers want to compete for not only the NL West crown, but a championship.
While bullpen production generally tends to change from year to year, simply because it’s a major variable a lot of the times, the Dodgers are hoping to see theirs improve just based on keeping mostly everyone intact from last season. But is that enough?
Today, Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) from FOX Sports and MLB Network talked to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, and this was what Roberts said:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 19, 2016
“Definitely a possibility.” That means that the Dodgers might be able to either acquire one in free agency – either someone like Antonio Bastardo or Tyler Clippard – or effectively trade for one – either someone like Brad Boxberger or Jake McGee.
The options are out there for the Dodgers going forward. They have the farm system and talent within to actually make a move for a reliever if they see fit.
Signing someone like Clippard isn’t even a half-bad idea since Clippard has been pretty much really good over the last three seasons and there’s no draft pick compensation attached to him, which is something the Dodgers do look for in free agents now.
There’s no telling what the Dodgers will do, but the fact their own manager sees adding a reliever as something they could be looking at means it’s on the table. And if it’s on the table then you have the makings of something that could improve the team. That’s what it’s all about.