On Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers signed left-hander Erik Bedard and invited him to spring training. For the most part, the front office is done making any significant moves for the 2015 season. They remained out of the running for any big signings this winter, focusing on trades to improve the team.
According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the team is still looking to fill a potential need on the roster:
#Dodgers are working to add a late-inning reliever, sources say.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 19, 2015
While the Dodgers missed out on the big-name free agent relievers, they have made smaller deals like Bedard and Sergio Santos. They were recently linked to former All-Star Alexi Ogando, but not much has been heard on that front. It’s unclear whether the Dodgers are looking to make a deal, or sign a player, but with the new front office it’s safe to say a deal is likely coming somehow.
The Dodgers bullpen was one of the main scapegoats of the postseason in 2014, as they allowed runs in three of the four games in the NLDS. Brian Wilson, Chris Perez, Scott Elbert and Jamey Wright are all gone. Youngsters Pedro Baez, Yimi Garcia and Carlos Frias, along with Chris Hatcher and Joel Peralta, are all expected to come in and compete for a spot to help the later innings. Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell and Paco Rodriguez all return, and potential swingmen Juan Nicasio and Joe Wieland could help out in long relief.
There is less than a month until pitchers and catchers report, so if a new player will be brought in, it will be soon.