The Dodgers got their bullpen in order this week by resigning Blake Treinen to a 2-year deal. That signing should “probably” be the last big piece we see added to the relief team, but you never know with Andrew Friedman.
In regards to Treinen, the contract isn’t nearly as straight forward as it seems. The Dodgers built in plenty of levels to it in order to protect Treinen as well as the organization. Let’s dive into the details of that contract and what it means moving forward.
The deal with Treinen comes out to $17.5 million for the 2 years. But it does come with the stipulation that over one-third of the contract is guaranteed and cannot be affected by a shortened season or work stoppage due to labor disputes. The Dodgers did that by baking in a $4 million signing bonus that is not tied to his salary.
The Dodgers also built in a $1.5 million buyout should they not pick up his option for the third year in 2023. Treinen will receive that money for that year even if a new collective-bargaining agreement is not reached and the work stopped wipes out the 2022 season. The third-year option would have to be picked up at a value of $8 million.
The Dodgers Rival That Wanted Him
As expected, the Dodgers weren’t the only team that was after Blake Treinen this offseason. But the best part of Los Angeles signing Blake is that the other team after him was the Houston Astros. They are also interested in signing Liam Hendriks and were ideally hoping to sign both to bolster a very weak bullpen in Houston. That would’ve been great for one of LA’s rivals, but they still have a shot at Hendriks for the moment.
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