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Dodgers Interested in Free Agent RHP Jeremy Jeffress

Lucky Jeremy Jeffress might be on Andy Friedman’s radar.



The Dodgers could stand firm on their current bullpen situation and still have one of the best relief crews in the league. They could also look into adding a decent arm as well, though it would likely have to be an inexpensive option for Andrew Friedman and the front office. 

The Dodgers were once again tied to another reliever today after also being rumored to be in on Kirby Yates. MLB Network’s Mark Feinsand included Los Angeles on the list of teams that were looking into Jeremy Jeffress after a big season with the Cubs. 

After re-signing Blake Treinen and adding in a few smaller contracts, many felt the Dodgers might be done with their bullpen. They also have Brandon Morrow, Jimmy Nelson, and Brock Stewart on minor league contracts to add to their options. 

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Jeffress spent the 2020 season with the Cubs making 22 appearances. Through 23.1 innings of work, he looked like the 2018 All-Star version of himself with Milwaukee. His strikeout rate went down, but his groundball rate and left on-base percentage improved greatly. Jeffress did see his walk-rate go up though, something the Dodgers can certainly work out. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Hate to sound like a broken record here, but the Bullpen is not “set.” Still don’t have that lock down guy to get the K when a ground ball will still allow the runner from third to score. Jeffrees would be a nice add, but he is another “groundballer.”

    • He wanted to start and he wasn’t better than any of the current Dodger options. They did him a favor letting him go to the pitching poor Giants although I would imagine their anemic offense and suspect defense won’t do him any favors….

  2. We need to stack the bullpen so no one gets overused in a 162 game season. What they did last year will not work out the same in 2021.

  3. Jeffrees’ stats for holds in Chicago and Milwaukee show a potential as a righty set up man in the late innings, He’s worth a short term contract.

  4. Jeffress was such a major tool a few years ago when we played Milwaukee in the NLCS. He was really cocky. Not sure I’d be a fan of his. Make big splashes, Dodgers!

  5. Having the 7th best pen ain’t so bad when your starting rotation is ranked 1 or 2 and you score more runs than anyone.

  6. Treinen was a mistake when there were better relievers out there.
    He was simply just ok last season and not good at all in the post season.

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