Logan Forsythe is a Dodger. He addresses the Dodgers’ two biggest weaknesses while only costing them a 24-year-old pitching prospect. Next comes the bullpen.
The Dodgers’ next move will be adding a reliever, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
#Dodgers’ next move will be reliever. Blanton, Blevins on radar unless better value emerges, per sources. LAD likely to offer only one year.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 24, 2017
Los Angeles has been scanning the market for relief help all offseason, so with second base filled it, that becomes the priority before packing the trucks for Arizona. We’ve heard the Dodgers want Blanton back, and working in their favor has been a quiet market to this point.
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Jerry Blevins is a new name tossed in the hat. After only pitching five innings in 2015 because of multiple arm injuries, including re-fracturing an arm after falling on a curb, Blevins came on strong in 2016. He threw 42 innings in 73 games, pitching to a 2.79 ERA as a left-handed specialist. Blevins became an integral part of the New York bullpen.
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As Rosenthal notes, the Dodgers are likely to pursue a one-year agreement with Blanton, Blevins or whoever else. The same can likely be said for the Mets, who could also offer Blevins a higher one-year salary. Other contenders, such as Washington, St. Louis, both New York teams and San Francisco, could still use more relief help. Expect more names to come off the free agent lists soon.
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