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Dodgers Aggressively Involved on Dellin Betances, Per Reports

Pivoting to high-end power relievers is a good decision at this juncture

Undeniably, the fit between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dellin Betances has been there. Recently the Dodgers were mentioned to be interested in the key reliever and former New York Yankee.

Now, Joel Sherman furthers that report with a little deeper update. Therefore, here is Sherman’s tweet from the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego:

Indeed, Sherman says the Dodgers are among the most aggressive on Dellin Betances. Furthermore, this makes a great deal of sense.

While the Dodgers missed out on Gerrit Cole – and no one of that caliber exists on the market in the way of a starter – now the organization pivots. Next, they look to acquire as many high-leverage relievers as possible. Of course the thought process would be to fill the bullpen with high-octane arms to shorten the game when a starter exits.

In addition, the Dodgers signed Blake Treinen and are interested in Josh Hader.

Obviously to have a group compiled of several of these relievers in their best form would mean that a Dodgers’ starting pitcher would only need to go five or six innings on most nights.

Finally, the aggressive involvement on the Dodgers’ part towards Betances is exciting. Especially given the fact that it was Sherman who pointed out the Dodgers could be a fit a month ago, this report probably has solid legs to it.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. They were aggressively involved in everyone apparently LOL it’s comical at this point. Aggressively involved are now my two favorite words

    • No one is, it just takes a minute to get the comments live.

      I think I’ve taken the org to task in 4 of my last 5 posts. If you follow me on twitter, I don’t shill. Believe me, we get frustrated like regular folks too! We are the same.

  2. Need to fix the bullpen problem either internally or signing more talent. Glad they are looking at Betances. He would be another low cost possible high eturn guy if he can get his stuff together.

    • Yes, the thought of him in a Dodger uniform is exciting. Imposing figure, with a lot of upside if he will sign a one-year deal. Really could give them the ability to shorten games. Still young enough to be an impact guy.

    • Do it. Get Betances. The bullpen was the weakest link last year. We got Treinen (the only deal of the free agent season completed by the Dodgers), and that’s great. But we need more. Get Betances too. I want to be able to watch games next season thinking that a three run lead after seven innings is relatively safe.

  3. “Obviously to have a group compiled of several of these relievers in their best form would mean that a Dodgers’ starting pitcher would only need to go five or six innings on most nights.” How about in their most recent form? Other than Hader, nothing to write home about. But cheap, the Dodgers most important consideration.

    • If Betances and Treinen were elite form last season, they’re probably not on the market. That isn’t how baseball works. You have to hedge your bets and gamble on a bit of a reclamation. These are good bets.

  4. NODH, not much more can be said other than the biggest loser at these Winter meetings this year are the Dodgers. and I am sure you know one reason why Rendon signed with the Angels besides the obvious money, and Dodgers never even offered him a deal because THEY KNEW AS WE ALL DO that neither he nor any FA worth his salt wants anything to do with being on a team that has Roberts as their manager!

    • Paul, you have been saying this for a long time. Spot on, and truthful. I suggest not buying the MLB or supporting the Bums. Someone forgot to tell Andy that the Winter meetings were held at Ace Hardware, but Andy is still at the yard sale. And the Dodgers will still charge us Ace prices. Fans may just wake up after this extremely untruthful and frugal attempt at acting like they are a real FO and organisation. Many here have insisted that they are only a business. I must now agree 100% that those who have claimed it are exactly correct. We will watch now as the Angels build a World Series team to compete against the yankees who are now set to win it. Watching these other teams like the Nats and Red Sox, and Astro’s each year add the necessary talent to win it, it makes us even more sick and angry at these lying con men who run this team. It’s as if the Dodgers aren’t even recognizable as L.A. any longer. They are actually just like the Moneyball A’s that are nothing but a spring board for the rest of the league to build off of their talent because they refuse to keep and pay their players that earned it. And each year they are competing until Oct.and go home with No trophy. The days of Dodgers pride and championships- Tommy and Vin are gone. This team is now run by socialists using the fans money and promising the world and delivering Nothing. Nothing….Sickening……

      • Spot on Kirk! What’ makes this even more galling is watching Magic Johnson brag that they have the second richest TV contract in baseball (behind only the Yankees) and that annual revenue is almost $350 million a year!! The signs were there, signing a GM from a small, penny-pinching organization like the Rays and their obsessive goal of staying below the luxury tax which kept them from going after game changers like Verlander in 2017 and at every winter meeting since. And I further agree, this is sad and sickening!

  5. SIGN BETANCES NOW. DO NOT PASS GO, PAY WHATEVER IT TAKES. ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING. SHERMAN SAYING THAT THE DODGERS “MISSED OUT ON GERRET COLE” IS A 100% PREVARICATION. THE DODGER DIDN’T MISS OUT… THE FACT IS THEY DIDN’T EVEN TRY. THEY WENT THROUGH THE MOTIONS AND THAT WAS IT. OUTBID ANYONE WHO WANTS HIM AND GET HIM FOR HE** SAKES. DO SOMETHING TO SHOW PEOPLE THAT OUR FRONT OFFICE IS NOT MADE UP OF DEAF MUTES…

    • I have high hopes *because* they haven’t come out and indicated outward interest. Sad but true.

  6. He’s not going to pitch, likely at all, in 2020, least of all, effectively.

    He has a torn achilles, although only “partially”. And, he missed virtually all of 2019 with a variety of injuries.

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