Among the issues that plagued the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, the limited options out of the bullpen was perhaps the most crippling. With scarce options at his disposal, manager Don Mattingly was forced to rely more heavily on his starting pitchers, which even for Clayton Kershaw, proved to be an issue in the postseason.
While an overhaul likely would be welcomed, the Dodgers don’t have the luxury to remake their bullpen as they did the front office. That being said, a report on Monday linked them to coveted free agent reliever Andrew Miller, who was impressive for the Baltimore Orioles in their postseason run.
However, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Dodgers no longer appear likely to sign the left-hander:
The Dodgers had been seen as a possibility but don’t appear to be a favorite now, as they may not be so anxious to add another high-priced reliever at a time they are trying to cut costs.
Coming off a season in which he finished with a 2.02 ERA and 0.80 WHIP, there wasn’t a shortage in the number of teams interested in Miller. As a result, it’s expected Miller could sign a four-year deal that makes him the highest paid non-closer.
While signing Miller presumably would come at a significant cost, it would fortify the setup role that was a revolving door last season due to the collective struggles and inconsistencies of Brandon League, Chris Perez and Brian Wilson.
The Dodgers currently have 17 players under contract for 2015 in what totals just short of $200 million in salary. Seven players were tendered on Tuesday and are eligible for arbitration, and the Dodgers presumably will sign a starting pitcher and a shortstop, though that may come via a trade.