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Dodgers 2021 Closer Options: Kenley Jansen, Brusdar Graterol, Knebel, Brad Hand, Treinen & More!



With five different pitchers recording saves for the Dodgers during their 2020 postseason run, one of the big questions entering next season is: who will anchor the back end of LA’s bullpen?

Kenley Jansen has held on to the title as Dodgers closer for nearly a decade, but after another shaky postseason that saw Dave Roberts opt for Blake Treinen and Julio Urías for key saves down the stretch, it appears that Jansen’s role as every day closer could be coming to an end. Should Kenley struggle, the Dodgers have several capable candidates who could slam the door shut in the ninth inning. Additionally, there are several external options for Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to consider.

We break down LA’s potential closer options for the 2021 season and take a look at some of the arms available in free agency. Plus, we discuss Dave Roberts’ recent comments on wanting to see Kenley Jansen continue on as the Dodgers closer next season.

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  1. “it appears that Jansen’s role as every day closer could be coming to an end.” duh! he blew 2 world series and almost blew this one with his game 4 fiasco. father time is cruel. he’s aging like “hot guacamole in the sun”. jansen’s stuff is very hittable and he is not fooling anyone. he’s lost it and has no business in high leverage games. so who do you pick? closer is the only roster hole that can’t be filled from prospects. one option is to use one of our six starters as a closer but that probably won’t happen. urias was phenomenal in the world series and would be the obvious choice. but…..he may turn into another buehler. ditto for may and gonsolin. graterol, knebel, or kelly may show up big but i’d say depth is the insurance trump card the dodgers always play. i’ll bet friedman will as doug mckain suggests, go get lefty brad hand.

  2. GREAT ,TRADE LUX, FOR HADER, OR TRADE MAY FOR A RH. BAT, THE BP NEEDS TO BE FIXED , WHAT IS WRONG W/KIKA @ 2ND,OR ALMOST ANY WHERE ELSE.

  3. I would go with Graterol, but his stats says his he does Not have a lot of “swings & misses.” Perhaps the Dodgers should go with a “closer-by-committee” which I’m not a fan of.

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