The Dodgers could potentially have one of the best bullpens in MLB this year. That’s not something anyone expected to say after losing guys like Kenley Jansen, Corey Knebel, and Joe Kelly via free agency. But Andrew Friedman went out and did what he does best: assemble a bullpen team of very high potential for a low cost.
Of course, they are relying on some bounceback campaigns from a few different guys. That would include closer Craig Kimbrel, who saw his role drastically shifted while playing with the White Sox last season. They’re also relying on guys like Tommy Kahnle and Caleb Ferguson to react well to Tommy John surgery they had in 2020.
But signing Dellin Betances might go down as the most underrated moves of the season for the Dodgers. Once a lights-out reliever, injuries completely derailed Betances after his time with the Yankees.
Betances had bone spurs in his shoulder as well as a torn Achilles that slowed him down. That resulted in just 16 total games pitched in two years for the Mets. But the Dodgers scooped him up on a free-agent deal this week, and he could make over $2.5 million if and when he cracks the big league squad.
At his best, Betances was striking out more than 42 percent of batters while walking less than 10 percent. He has a filthy pitch mix, including a curveball that he gets whiffs on almost 50 percent of the time. That’s insane. But the biggest thing might just be the Dodgers getting him back to full health and getting that confidence back.
Imagine a playoff game started by Walker Buehler and finished off by Tommy Kahnle, Dellin Betances, Blake Treinen, and Craig Kimbrel. Who is going to stop that team?
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