Dodgers Rumors: Team Is Looking To Add At Least One More Reliever
With the reports that Brian Wilson has re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it seems as if the team has more plans for the bullpen this off-season.
The Dodgers’ deal with Wilson is pending a physical, but is a one-year, $10 million deal with a player option for a second year. He can also make another $700,000 in incentives in the first year.
According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Dodgers are not done with the bullpen yet:
Ned Colletti figures to add at least one more high-leverage reliever even after the Brian Wilson signing
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) December 5, 2013
With Wilson re-signed, the next move would likely be continuing negotiations with left-hander J.P. Howell to bring him back. Howell has reportedly been seeking a three-year deal and his terms were aided by similar deals received by relievers Javier Lopez with the Giants and Joe Smith with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The market for relievers has been active this off-season but there are plenty of arms still available. Most of the big names are closers and aren’t likely to be pursued by the Dodgers. Grant Balfour, Fernando Rodney and Joaquin Benoit could be looking to close and would be blocked by Kenley Jansen and, to a lesser extent, Wilson. The team recently let right-hander Ronald Belisario become a free agent and will be looking for a replacement. The Dodgers have a relatively young projected bullpen at the moment with Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez expected to be in the mix.
Other names still available include right-handers Jose Veras, John Axford, Luis Ayala, Joba Chamberlain, Jesse Crain, Octavio Dotel and Francisco Rodriguez and left-handers Scott Downs, Mike Gonzalez, Boone Logan and Eric O’Flaherty. Dodger free agent Carlos Marmol is also still available.
The Dodgers will be looking more for middle relief help or a left-hander, as Wilson and Jansen will be looked to in the final two innings.
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