The bullpen was considered the Achilles’ heel of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, evidenced by their collapse in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Not only are most of the arms from the bullpen gone, but the Dodgers have a completely new front office that has their own idea of building a stable of relievers. Instead of throwing money at big-name free agents, the front office made a few small deals in order to revamp the bullpen. One of those deals brought them right-hander Chris Hatcher from the Miami Marlins.
Hatcher is a 30-year-old right-hander that had a 3.38 ERA last season for the Marlins. While he didn’t have any saves, he did finish 15 games and was versatile in the later innings. With the Dodgers, Hatcher will likely be a middle reliever used in the sixth and seventh innings as one part of the bridge to closer Kenley Jansen. In the video above, Hatcher discussed his trade to the Dodgers, what it means to be in Los Angeles and what his role could be.