On Tuesday evening, the Dodgers snuck up on the MLB hot stove announcing the re-signing of workhorse reliever Blake Treinen to a 2-year deal. The move continued a series of shrewd additions to the LA bullpen for 2021 including former All-Star closer Corey Knebel, among others.
The Dodger bullpen was one of the best in baseball in 2020, topping the National League with a 2.74 ERA. Of course, Treinen was a key member of that reliever core anchored by longtime closer Kenley Jansen. Together with a potent offensive attack, the Dodgers lead baseball in wins en route to a World Series title last season.
Presented the opportunity to rejoin the 2021 World Series favorites, Blake Treinen jumped.
Any time the best team in baseball wants to sign you, it’s a blessing. … It’s a great organization. I had such a blast with the players and with the staff members. My family really enjoyed being in LA, and we’re excited to be back.
The Dodgers have been particularly quiet this offseason, seemingly in control of their own narrative in terms of rumors. As the winter has trekked on, it seemed like the union between Los Angeles and Treinen would be a one and done. However, the two sides were working together for a longer future together.
Yeah, obviously in the back of my mind they know me from last year. We were able to work on things and get to a better point to even be better this year.
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While the reliever admits that other perhaps more lucrative opportunities were out there on the open market, LA was the place he wanted be for at least the next few seasons.
Treinen joins Jansen, Knebel, Joe Kelly, Brusdar Graterol, Dylan Floro, as well as minor league signees Jimmy Nelson and Brandon Morrow as right-handed options out of the Dodger bullpen as they look to defend their title in 2021.