The Dodgers made a huge splash late on Tuesday night by adding an impact arm to their bullpen. It wasn’t Liam Hendriks, but rather Blake Treinen that they chose to give a new deal to. With Treinen ready to come back, most in baseball felt that they were done adding to their relief core.
But hold that thought for just a minute, because the Dodgers might not be done. Jon Heyman later reported that Los Angeles could be looking to add another big arm, or at least maintaining interest in one. Heyman reports that Brad Hand is still on their radar and that adding him would create a lethal bullpen.
Dodgers, who’ve fortified their pen with Kahnle and Treinin, have been in on star closer Brad Hand, as well. Could they build a super pen?
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 6, 2021
Realistically, the Dodgers probably won’t add another big name to their bullpen. The combination of Treinen, Victor Gonzalez, Brusdar Graterol, and Corey Knebel could be enough to supplement Kenley Jansen. And one of the minor league signings (think Jimmy Nelson/Brandon Morrow) is sure to work out on some level.
Not to mention that the Dodgers will be just short of $5 million from exceeding the luxury tax threshold once Treinen’s deal goes through. while they haven’t said that they absolutely will not go over that mark, there is reason to believe they would like to avoid it.
Andrew Friedman could be looking at dumping salary somewhere else, but there aren’t many options to do so. The only guy that they could realistically move with a decent-sized contract would be Joe Kelly, who will earn just north of $8 million in 2021. The Dodgers could try to unload some money, but it seems more likely that they would either try to stay under the tax threshold with the guys that they have or just go over it.
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