The Los Angeles Dodgers head into the winter meetings with quite the shopping list and the biggest takeaway from Ned Colletti’s talk with the media yesterday is the want to add even more to the bullpen. With Brian Wilson in the fold, the Dodgers have Kenley Jansen, Brandon League, Paco Rodriguez and Chris Withrow to go along with “The Beard” in the bullpen.
Colletti would like to add another left-handed reliever and free agent J.P. Howell reportedly wants a three-year deal and it remains to be seen if the Dodgers meet his price. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, they’re showing interest in another free agent lefty:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2013
It’s the first known interest in a left-hander other than Howell all off-season and O’Flaherty wouldn’t start the season healthy. The 29-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last May and as is the case with most surgeries, it takes about 12 months to recover.
As Rosenthal notes, the Washington Nationals seem to be have the greatest interest as the Dodgers are still talking to Howell’s representatives.
In five years with the Atlanta Braves, O’Flaherty went 13-7 with a 1.99 ERA, striking out 199 in 245 innings pitched. He’s held lefties to a .219 average in his career and would be a nice compliment to Rodriguez out of the bullpen.
While Howell is seeking a multi-year deal, the Dodgers could get O’Flaherty for a solid one-year deal with incentives mixed in as its clear they’re checking in on most relievers on the open market.
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