Dodgers sign Treinen to 1-year deal
By Ken Gurnick | @kengurnick
December 11, 2019
SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers shored up their uncertain bullpen on Wednesday by signing free-agent right-hander Blake Treinen to a one-year, $10 million contract. The club announced the move on Sunday.
The 31-year-old Treinen saved 38 games with a microscopic 0.78 ERA and 0.834 WHIP as Oakland's closer in 2018, but things went wrong in 2019, when he recorded a 4.91 ERA and a 1.619 WHIP. That led to him being non-tendered by the A's on Dec. 2. He earned $6.4 million in 2019.
Treinen was acquired to provide another late-inning option in a bullpen that struggled last year, especially in the National League Division Series, when closer Kenley Jansen and setup men Joe Kelly and Pedro Báez wobbled.
Manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday said Jansen was still his closer.
The Treinen acquisition was the first for the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings after they saw primary starting pitching targets Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole spurn them to sign record deals with Washington and the Yankees, respectively.
The Dodgers are still apparently committed to adding an elite player or two, most likely through trades. They have been linked to Cleveland's Francisco Lindor and Corey Kluber, Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, as well as free agent Anthony Rendon.