Dodgers Apparently Interested in Marcus Semien, Jeremy Jeffress

Here we are again, adding another name to the rumor mill that the Los Angeles Dodgers may or may not be interested in.

We can take DJ LeMahieu out of the rumor rotation, as he has now re-signed with the New York Yankees. He signed a six-year, $90MM contract to stay with the Bronx Bombers. The Dodgers were never going to give him that many years, although Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says they were involved in the bidding for the versatile infielder.

Last week, we talked about how the Dodgers were also looking at Marcell Ozuna. That signing looks to only make sense if the DH is in fact coming to the National League.

Rosenthal also stated in his article that the Dodgers are now turning some attention towards Marcus Semien. Most recently with the Oakland Athletics, Semien has played mostly shortstop but could play both third and second base also.

Semien, 30, would play third base or multiple positions for the Dodgers rather than displace Corey Seager at shortstop, though if he signed a multi-year deal he might be an option to return to short in 2022 if Seager departed as a free agent. Fansided’s Robert Murray reported last month that Semien, a Gold Glove finalist at short in 2019, is drawing interest at both second and third.

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Semien is a right handed bat, which we all know the Dodgers have been looking to acquire. Last season, he slashed just .223/.305/.384/.679 with seven home runs. But in 2019, he played in all 162 games and swatted 33 long balls. He also has a career .371 batting average in the postseason.

With his versatility and hitting right handed, he could prove to be a good fallback option should the Dodgers not re-sign Justin Turner. There is no new news on that front aside from the fact that both sides would apparently like a reunion.

The Dodgers spent most of their offseason working on revamping their bullpen. They are reportedly still in on both Brad Hand and Kirby Yates. Now we can add one more name to the mix.

On Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweeted that the Dodgers are one of a few teams checking in with Jeremy Jeffress.

The righty reliever last pitched with the Chicago Cubs in the 2020 season after a down year with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. He ended the year with a 4-1 record and a 1.54 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 17 strikeouts over 23.1 innings.

Dodger fans will recall when the Boys in Blue faced the Brewers in the 2018 NLCS. After Jeffress gave up the go-ahead home run to Justin Turner in Game 2, Jeffress remarked that the Dodgers had just gotten “lucky.” Jeffress then gave up the infamous three-run homer to Yasiel Puig in Game 7, which sent the Dodgers to the World Series.

We’re now under a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring camp, so hopefully some news about a signing or two will happen soon.

Are More Player Acquisitions on Horizon for Dodgers?

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It did not take long after the Blake Treinen signing for more rumors to surface surrounding the Dodgers, specifically additional help for the team’s relief crew.

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Dodgers Bring Back Blake Treinen on Two-Year Deal

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For fans of the Dodgers who have been patiently waiting for a sizable move to happen, they finally got their wish on Tuesday night when the club re-signed veteran reliever Blake Treinen.

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Thoughts on Dodgers’ 2021 Payroll, Additional Player Acquisitions

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For those who have yet to take a thorough look at how the Dodgers’ payroll is stacking up for 2021, there’s a handy chart over at Fangraphs laying out most of the important details.

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A Few Preliminary Thoughts About the 2021 Bullpen

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While the Dodgers have made it no secret that the bullpen is an area they’d like to address this winter, they still haven’t made any significant upgrades in terms of a true difference maker.

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Dodgers, Tommy Kahnle Reportedly Agree on Two-Year Deal

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The Dodgers reportedly made a bit of an unusual signing on Wednesday, inking righty reliever Tommy Kahnle to a two-year contract worth an apparent $4.75 million plus incentives.

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Dodgers Interested in Liam Hendriks

Last week was Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings. The Dodgers were quiet during the week, as they don’t have crazy upgrade needs.

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Building an All-Star Bullpen from Available Free-Agent Relievers

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Undoubtedly, most of the speculation regarding potential player acquisitions for the Dodgers so far this winter has surrounded relief pitching.

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What Went Wrong for Corey Knebel in 2020

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The recent Corey Knebel acquisition made by the Dodgers is fitting with a reoccurring theme this front office has implemented in recent years.

They tend to seek out reclamation projects in the bullpen, hoping that the player comes close to recapturing the glory of years past.

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Should Dodgers Pursue Archie Bradley?

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I’m coming in with a bit of a hot take this week, as you can tell by the title. Archie Bradley is now a free agent after being non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds. Bradley spent five seasons with the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks before being traded to the Reds in 2020.

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