Brusdar Graterol has qualified for arbitration in the Super-2 Classification, meaning he ranks among the top 22 percent of players, in terms of service time, who have amassed between two and three years in the league. with that, the Bazooka is set to receive a nice raise over the $720,000 he made in 2022.
Graterol pitched in a career-high 49.2 innings this season, despite spending some time on the Injured List. The right-handed flamethrower had a 3.26 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 46 appearances, striking out 43 and walking 10.
The 24-year-old improved upon a shaky 2021, and has solidified his role in the Dodgers bullpen moving forward.
The Dodgers will hope he takes an even bigger leap in 2023, as there’s a hole in the back of their bullpen that many believed he would fill a few years back.
The Dodgers may go out and get a closer this offseason, but between Graterol, Blake Treinen, Evan Phillips, Yency Almonte and Daniel Hudson, they may just look internally. That would give Graterol a real chance of closing games in 2023, if he can become the shutdown guy the Dodgers were hoping for.
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