The Dodgers off-season moves look like they are finally rolling out. After missing out on Gerrit Cole Tuesday, Los Angeles signed reliever Blake Treinen to a one-year deal.
Right-hander Blake Treinen is in agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year, $10 million deal, sources tell ESPN. Treinen had multiple offers in that range and chose the Dodgers.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2019
Treinen is just a season removed from receiving Cy Young votes in Oakland back in 2018. It was then that he posted a ridiculous 0.78 ERA across 68 appearances en route to an All-Star game nomination. Treinen locked down 38 saves for the A’s that year.
Comparing Blake Treinen's Statcast rankings from 2018 to 2019 pic.twitter.com/f6hjwsIBwn
— Daren Willman (@darenw) August 16, 2019
The official numbers have still not been 100% confirmed, but it is being reported that the deal is worth $10 million. Not bad considering the Giants just signed Kevin Gausman to a one-year, $9 million contract.
J.P. Hoornstra confirms there are no options or incentives to the deal.
I’m told there are no incentives or options in Treinen’s contract. It’s a straight 1-year, $10 million deal. Gives the Dodgers another late-inning option if Treinen rebounds to 2018 form.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) December 11, 2019
As discussed on our Blue Heaven podcast earlier this month, there may not have ever been a more Andrew Friedman type of guy than Blake Treinen. He had a down year in 2019, leading to Oakland non-tendering him rather than choosing to pay him in 2020.
The winter meetings move comes almost one year to the day since the last time Andrew Friedman and company made a potentially big addition to the bullpen. On December 13, 2018 word broke that LA and Boston reliever Joe Kelly had agreed to a 3-year deal.
Now, with Kelly and Treinen along with Kenley Jansen in tow, the Dodgers could potentially have an elite bullpen if things bounce the right way.