Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers and catchers will report to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 19 and though they’ve added a slew of relievers, including some on Minor-League deals, the group of relief pitchers may change before, during or after Spring Training.
In recent days, the Dodgers signed David Aardsma and Ramon Troncoso to Minor-League contracts with an invite to Spring Training and according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the team is still searching for another reliever:
The #Dodgers are still trying to add a relief pitcher, sources said today.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 16, 2015
Morosi previously reported in mid-January the Dodgers were looking to add a late-inning reliever and it’s unclear if the same qualification applies to their current desire. Along with Aardsma and Troncoso, lefty Erik Bedard and right-hander Sergio Santos are among the relievers who will be in camp on non-roster invitations.
While the Dodgers have worked on improving a bullpen that was inconsistent in 2014, they still lack a clearcut setup man. One option could be Chris Hatcher, who Dodgers president of baseball operations has spoken highly of.
Collectively, the Dodgers’ bullpen held a 3.80 ERA last season, which was ranked 22nd in all of baseball and 12th in the National League. Their .239 batting average against placed them in the middle of the pack among the 30 teams, same with their .675 OPS.
While Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said just over one week ago he was pleased with the current group of relievers, he’s maintained throughout the offseason more changes would be made if it meant improving the team. If the Dodgers are to rely on free-agent options, the group of relievers still available includes the likes of Joba Chamberlain, Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano.
By exploring trade options, the Dodgers may be able to assemble a package with Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero, Zach Lee or perhaps Scott Van Slyke included.