Dodgers Reportedly Sign Blake Treinen to One-Year Deal

After staying mostly quiet for the first two and a half days of the 2019 meetings, the front office crew of the Dodgers has addressed the club’s “omnipresent” need that we discussed on Tuesday—the bullpen.

According to the latest news, Los Angeles has agreed to terms with former Oakland right-hander Blake Treinen.

Jeff Passan of ESPN was the first to reveal the news. The reported contract is worth one year and $10 million.

J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group confirmed the signing approximately one hour after Passan’s tweet. According to Hoornstra, “there are no incentives or options in Treinen’s contract. It’s a straight one-year, $10 million deal.”

Several reports suggest that Treinen had numerous suitors with similar offers, but he chose the Dodgers because of the team’s likelihood to succeed next season.

We talked about Treinen yesterday in the early column when discussing possibilities about the Dodgers complementing closer Kenley Jansen and their other late-inning options.

The 31-year-old Treinen is coming off of a disappointing season which saw him tally a uncharacteristic 4.91 ERA and a 5.14 FIP over 57 appearances and 58-2/3 innings. These numbers came one year after he posted a ridiculous 0.78 ERA and 1.82 FIP with 38 saves in 68 appearances, leading to an appearance in the 2018 All-Star game.

Over the course of his six-year big league career, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder has made 345 appearances, producing a 2.97 ERA and a 3.35 FIP with 391 punchouts over an even 400 innings of work.

Treinen was selected by Oakland in the seventh round of the 2011 draft out of South Dakota State, but eventually broke in with the Nationals in 2014. After four seasons on the senior circuit, things began clicking for the native of Kansas after he was dealt to the Athletics a few weeks before the 2017 trade deadline.

During the second half of his 2017 campaign, he posted a 2.13 ERA and a 3.08 FIP with 42 strikeouts and 13 saves in 35 games.

According to Brooks Baseball, Treinen mainly utilizes a sinker which sits in the 96-98 MPH range. He also mixes in an occasional slider and change.

Brooksbaseball-Chart (2)

Should Treinen be able to find success similar to his 2018 campaign, it will provide the Dodgers with a much-needed, late-inning arm to complement all three of Jansen, Pedro Baez and Joe Kelly.


3 Dark Horse Relievers Dodgers Could Target During 2019-20 Offseason

(Photo Credit: Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

While some fans of the Dodgers believe that a big splash this winter personnel-wise is vital in improving the team, there’s a good probability that Andrew Friedman and his crew will make one or more of their trademark, reclamation-type of acquisitions to fortify the roster.

Continue reading “3 Dark Horse Relievers Dodgers Could Target During 2019-20 Offseason”

Moving Kenta Maeda to Bullpen Would Prove Beneficial

(Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Like clockwork, when Dodgers‘ boss Andrew Friedman speaks to reporters during his end-of-season press conferences every year, he reiterates that righty swing man Kenta Maeda will be an integral part of the club’s starting rotation at the onset of the following season.

Continue reading “Moving Kenta Maeda to Bullpen Would Prove Beneficial”

Dodgers Roster: Putting Together a Postseason Bullpen Projection

(Photo: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Although the Dodgers have already racked up 101 wins and have secured home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs, there seem to be several spots on their prospective postseason roster that are still up for grabs.

Continue reading “Dodgers Roster: Putting Together a Postseason Bullpen Projection”

Is There Enough Time for Dodgers to Optimize the 2019 Bullpen?


If I had a nickel for each time we discussed the Dodgers‘ bullpen this season, I’d probably be able to payoff my 2019 subscription with ease.

Continue reading “Is There Enough Time for Dodgers to Optimize the 2019 Bullpen?”

Can the Dodgers Trust Kenley Jansen’s Closing Abilities?

(John McCoy/Getty Images)

In the weeks leading up to the 2019 trade deadline, many fans of the Dodgers were certain that management would find a way to snag one or more relievers to bolster what has been a mediocre relief crew this season.

Continue reading “Can the Dodgers Trust Kenley Jansen’s Closing Abilities?”

Bullpen Concerns Escalating as Trade Deadline Draws Near

(John McCoy/Getty Images)

Simply put, Kenley Jansen isn’t the same as he was in years past.

Continue reading “Bullpen Concerns Escalating as Trade Deadline Draws Near”

For Dodgers Fans, Waiting is the Hardest Part


The Dodgers swept the Marlins, as they should. It was a typical Dodgers series, a close game, a blowout, and an (almost) blown save by the bullpen.

Continue reading “For Dodgers Fans, Waiting is the Hardest Part”

Bullpen Woes Continue as Trade Deadline Approaches


In the hours before Friday’s contest against American League rival Boston, skipper Dave Roberts of the Dodgers emphasized to reporters how the arrival of A.J. Pollock, Corey Seager and David Freese felt almost like a series of huge acquisitions at the trade deadline.

Continue reading “Bullpen Woes Continue as Trade Deadline Approaches”

Dodgers Bullpen: 3 Relief Arms to Consider at 2019 Trade Deadline


Whether the management crew of the Dodgers is prepared to admit it or not, the bullpen is continuing to prove itself as the weakest link on an otherwise very talented ballclub. Monday night’s loss to the Angels was another example of how the relief corps imploded, as it surrendered four combined runs in the seventh and eighth innings, spoiling a very fine outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Continue reading “Dodgers Bullpen: 3 Relief Arms to Consider at 2019 Trade Deadline”