If the Dodgers have one weak spot on their team heading into the 2021 season, it would be the bullpen. They were able to piece together a few clutch pieces to get them to a World Series Championship, but now they’re losing some guys.
If they want to continue to compete at the highest level, you can expect the Dodgers to add at least 1 major reliever. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Brad Hand and Liam Hendriks are big names that Los Angeles is keeping an eye on.
One team to watch here in the category of rich get richer, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Because they have Blake Treinen, of course he had a really key role in that pen, sometimes closing sometimes setting up. But now, Treinen is a very highly-coveted free agent himself. So I’m told the Dodgers are very closely tracking the market for both Hendriks and Hand. In some respects, Brad Hand would be an ideal compliment to Kenley Jansen…They’ve got enough great players, but they’ve got one more if they can get Hand or Hendriks.
If the Dodgers were able to add 1 of these guys, their bullpen would almost immediately be an upgrade over 2020. Treinen was very effective for them throughout the course of the season, but he was not without his faults. Hand might fit better with their desire to give different looks in the later innings, but they can’t go wrong either way.
Hendriks has been an absolute force out of Oakland’s bullpen over the last 2 seasons. He can throw multiple innings per game and strike out batters at a rate that would be better than most of the Dodgers relievers. Hendriks had the best fWAR of any reliever in the American League in 2020, and adding that to Los Angeles’ bullpen would be huge.
On the flip side, Brad Hand is no slouch himself. The arm slot that he offers from the left-handed side could be an incredible compliment to the Dodgers back-end relief team. Hand could even supplant Jansen as the closer if things were to go south for Kenley.
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