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Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to the offseason moves the Los Angeles Dodgers have made to upgrade their bullpen, the team is still believed to be in search of a late-inning reliever.

The list of relievers who fit that description are Alexi Ogando and Francisco Rodriguez, among others. However, no longer available is Casey Janssen, who signed a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

Though not as prolific of a move as signing Max Scherzer, Janssen provides a replacement for Tyler Clippard, who the Nationals traded to Oakland.

Janssen began the 2014 season on the disabled list, but still managed to appear in 50 games and convert 25 saves with the Toronto Blue Jays, who he’s spent his entire eight-year career with. The Southern California native said in November the Dodgers were on the list of teams he was interested in and cited a return to Los Angeles as being an attractive option.

Although Janssen has worked as the Blue Jays closer over the last three seasons, he conceivably could’ve filled the setup man void for the Dodgers, as ESPN’s Jim Bowden noted when he identified the Dodgers as the best fit for Janssen. As it stands, the Dodgers have internal options in Pedro Baez, Chris Hatcher or Brandon League to turn to as a setup man, though neither should be considered a lock to assume the role.

Baez is still young and needs to develop additional pitches to complement his fastball, Hatcher may not be ready for the responsibility and League has been wildly inconsistent since joining the Dodgers.

Janssen is a career 29-24 with a 3.52 ERA and 90 saves in 389 games (22 starts). Additionally, he’s appeared in a minimum of 50 games over the last five seasons.

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4 Responses

  1. Enrique Velez Aguilar

    i told you, these gms are stupid, they are only doing busines moves just to save the dodgers money, i really dont believe they are interested in the dodgers wining. IF ANY ONE DOESN
    T BELIEVE THIS THEN THAT PERSON STILL BELIEVES IN SANTA CLAUSE AND HIS MOTHER WEARS COMBAT BOOTS.

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    • Michael N. Norris

      They haven’t saved a dime….the payroll has increased 20 milion

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  2. Tony Melendez

    If the dodgers don’t sign Shields or make a deal for Cole Hamels,before the beginning of the season ,than something is terribly wrong. It’s hard to get excited over a team that makes bargain basement moves,and plays it off like they just made the deal of the century. The McCourt era and Marcus Thames comes immediately to mind !

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    • Michael N. Norris

      Tony..chances of that are slim and non existant….First off they are not going to give the Phillies what they want for Hamels. Namely 2 of their 3 best prospects….Urias Pederson and Seager….not happening….2nd, with the payroll already at 264 million, they are not going to give Shields over 100 mil for 5 years..sorry to burst that bubble…..

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