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Dodgers Sign Former All-Star Reliever Dellin Betances



One thing we know about the Dodgers and Andrew Friedman is that if there is an arm available, they’ll take a look. With the catastrophe that they ran into last year due to a shortage of healthy arms, they won’t make that mistake again. And they have made sure of that by adding in guys that could make a big difference. 

The Dodgers already added Craig Kimbrel into the mix this past week. They did that by shipping AJ Pollock off to the White Sox in a straight swap. Kimbrel will now slot in as their closer after losing Kenley Jansen to the Braves in free agency. 

But earlier today, the Dodgers also added in Dellin Betances on a minor league deal. The 4-time All-Star will certainly be a part of their bullpen plans for this year, especially with the potential that he brings. Betances last pitched for the Mets in 2021 and had to undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder. 

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But when healthy, Betances is one of the elite bullpen arms in baseball. From 2014-2018 with the Yankees, he compiled a 2.22 ERA and 2.26 FIP across 349 appearances. He did that by striking out a lot of guys too, mowing down 607 batters in 373 innings of work. If the Dodgers can get him back to full health, he will be a monster addition to a bullpen that could already be very good. 

Betances also closed out 36 games for the Yankees over that time span. And while health has been an issue over the last 3 seasons, getting him on a minor league deal only has upside for Los Angeles. Look for him to be in the mix at some point. 

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