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Dodgers News: LA Reportedly Showing Interest in Reliever Blake Treinen

The former Cy Young candidate is looking to re-establish himself this season



As many consider bullpen reinforcements a top need for the Dodgers, they are among the teams showing interest in free agent reliever Blake Treinen, according to Jorge Castillo.

Treinen, 31, was non-tendered by the Oakland Athletics after a poor 2019 where he pitched to a 4.91 ERA and 5.14 FIP in 58 2/3 innings. He also dealt with multiple injuries, including a shoulder strain and a season-ending back injury. He was projected to make $7.8 million in arbitration.

However, in 2018, Treinen was the best reliever in baseball, posting a microscopic 0.78 ERA and 1.82 FIP in 80 1/3 innings, while striking out 11.20 per nine and walking only 2.35 per nine. He also finished sixth in the Cy Young Award voting that season.

In his career, Treinen is the owner of a 2.97 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 8.80 K/9 and 3.58 BB/9.

He will likely be looking for a 1-year deal in an effort to rebuild his value with the hope of signing a larger, multi-year deal the next season. The Dodgers would be smart to try and sign him on a high-incentives deal, buy-low deal.

Adding the 2018 All-Star to the backend of the bullpen with Kenley Jansen offers manager Dave Roberts another viable arm with closing experience. Additionally, mixing Treinen in with Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez as a bridge to Kenley could border on elite, if things fall the right way.

Signing Treinen would come with some risk, but the potential upside might be too much to pass on.

Written by Blake Williams

I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Journalism from Los Angeles Pierce College and now I'm working towards my Bachelor's at Cal State University, Northridge. I'm currently the managing editor for the Roundup News and a writer for Dodgers Nation. Around the age of 12, I fell in love with baseball and in high school, I realized my best path to working in baseball was as a writer, so that's the path I followed. I also like to bring an analytics viewpoint to my work and I'm always willing to help someone understand them since so many people have done the same for me. Thanks for reading!

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    • It looks like the starters may be slipping away. We need to make a move on the chessboard. This guy is a solid chance to take. Get a reliever then pivot back to a starter. We do need to get a bit more hustle in the front office. The market is moving quickly this year.

  1. I disagree with this article……..They (the Dodgers weakest link IS the bullpen) could really use this guy………..if you really want him you don’t low ball your offer and let someone else sneak in the door. You paid Kelly……….show this guy you want him and you value getting him in our uni…………make him an offer he cannot refuse.

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