In 2020, the Dodgers finally got it right. I’m not only referencing the World Series win (reminder: the Dodgers won the World Series!!), but the club finally got it right in player additions. The big move, obviously, is Mookie Betts. But an arguably equally important player was reliever Blake Treinen.
Now Treinen is a free agent. However, he’s already being linked back to LA by long time MLB insider Tom Verducci.
I think Blake Treinen [returns]. Remember, he was non-tendered by Oakland after last season and he became a lights out, go-to guy. You saw Dave Roberts plug him into games as early as the fourth or fifth inning. He could close games. He gives them so much protection, swing and miss stuff, and ground balls. Treinen really was a great find for them and I think he really found a home in LA. I don’t think you’re looking at a long-term deal, but I think he’s a real key to that bullpen.
After years of signing reclamation projects for the bullpen, Andrew Friedman found the missing piece last offseason in signing Treinen to a one-year deal. The veteran right-hander was a workhorse for the Dodgers in the postseason. While his ERA didn’t end up exactly sitting pretty (4.76), he was unscored upon in 8 of 11 playoff appearances in 2020.
With Kenley Jansen’s continued inconsistencies, and Pedro Baez also a free agent and likely on his way out of LA, a return engagement with Treinen might be the best course of action. Moreover, if you ask the reliever, he’s all for it.
I would always welcome coming back to LA I think that’s a phenomenal organization. Obviously winning with them and being a part of that clubhouse with those guys it’s pretty cool to see the talent and just getting to know the guys a little bit and winning in a year like this is even better. So, yeah, I’m open to that for sure.
Andrew Friedman’s top priority is likely re-signing Justin Turner to a deal, but Treinen shouldn’t be that far behind on the offseason to-do list for the Dodgers.