Entering the offseason, the Dodgers have been looking at different ways to improve their pitching staff. They have mainly been focusing on their starting rotation, but the bullpen could use a little work, as well.
The LA bullpen was one of the best in the league during the second half of the season last year, but the front office is always looking to upgrade. They likely won’t spend too much money to build out the relief staff, but the team is being linked to one veteran right-hander this winter.
MLB insider Jon Morosi says that the Dodgers are interested in bringing in reliever Robert Stephenson this offseason. There are multiple teams in on the veteran, with LA being one of them.
Last season Stephenson spent the first part of the year with the Pittsburgh Pirates and had a shaky time. In 18 games, he had an ERA of 5.14 in 14 innings of work. But he went to the Tampa Bay Rays in a mid-season trade and completely turned his season around.
With the Rays, Stephenson posted an ERA of 2.35 in 42 games played. He worked 38.1 innings, striking out 60 batters along the way.
He would be a solid addition to the Dodgers bullpen and could give them another reliable member of the staff. Teams can never have enough arms in the bullpen, and the Dodgers want to make sure that they have strong depth this year.
It remains to be seen if Stephenson will land with the Dodgers, but he remains a good option for them. LA has work to do all over their roster, and this is just the beginning of them looking around the league for help.
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