The Dodgers were one of the many teams reported to be after Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman. Unfortunately, the closer ended up going to the Cubs, as if Chicago wasn’t already stacked enough! Well, another closer has caught the interest of the Dodgers’ front office and that is Kansas City’s Wade Davis.
According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the Dodgers have shown interest in the 30 year old closer.
Todaysknuckleball.com: Jon Heyman
Although the Dodgers have one of the best closers in the game in Kenley Jansen and, by ERA, the top bullpen in the NL (3.01), Wade Davis is someone who interests the Dodgers.
Baseball president Andrew Friedman is doing his thing, putting together an excellent no-name pen. But word is, the Dodgers are still looking around for a pen piece, and if they get a great one like Davis — with whom Friedman is familiar from their shared time in Tampa Bay — perhaps they can counteract all their rotation questions borne of injury trouble.
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Wade Davis is having quite the season, accumulating a 1.10 ERA and 21 saves so far! Not only that, the stud has 31 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched!
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The Dodgers are not really struggling in the bullpen department, especially since they lead the National League in ERA. However, if they cannot land a starter, it would be beneficial to add a lights out reliever like Davis for when our starting pitching don’t make it far in the game. Think about it this way, let’s say the starting pitcher has a bad day and goes 5 innings. In the 6th inning you have Ross Stripling has been dominant since joining the bullpen. In the 7th inning they bring in Liberatore who is arguably our best deliver next to Jansen. Then you leave the last two innings for Davis and Jansen. Good luck batters!
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