The Dodgers are entering the offseason after another postseason collapse, and now their focus shifts completely onto making sure that doesn’t happen again. They have some big decisions to make this winter, and not everyone from the team will be back.
LA wants to build a team that can compete for the World Series now, while also maintaining sustainability towards winning in the future. It’s a fine line to do for another front office, but LA has mastered it over the years, even without all the postseason success.
The team has a few veteran pitchers with options coming up this offseason, and they need to decide how to proceed on things. Daniel Hudson, Blake Treinen and Alex Reyes are all in question for LA, and it remains to be seen what happens,
One insider did give some insight into things, as J.P. Hoornstra of The Orange County Register broke down each player while giving an update on what could happen.
We can start with Hudson, as he is a favorite of the franchise. He worked his way back this season from a torn ACL, only to get injured again a few games later. But during his time on the mound, he reminded everyone how good he could still be. Hudson seems like a good bet to return but on a smaller financial deal.
“A pitcher who has made only 28 appearances the past two years, and ended each season grappling with a knee injury, rarely gets a $6.5 million guaranteed contract (the value of Hudson’s option). If Hudson wants to keep pitching at age 36, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Dodgers try to bring back the right-hander for less money.”Per J.P. Hoornstra of The OC Register
Hudson could provide them with a nice veteran presence out of the bullpen, and it would be a good story to get him back.
As for Treinen, things get a little complicated. When healthy, he has been one of the more relied-upon members of the bullpen, but he hasn’t seen the field in a while. He has a club option for $7 million, and LA isn’t likely to pick that up.
“Is unlikely to have his option exercised after missing most of the year recovering from a shoulder injury and then struggling to re-establish himself in the minors.”Per J.P. Hoornstra of The OC Register
If Treinen does return, it would be on a much smaller deal. The Dodgers aren’t going to allocate more than a couple of million to someone who hasn’t pitched since last year.
And finally, Reyes. Reyes was brought in with the hope that he could take the mound to help the team out this season, but he never got on the field. It’s unlikely that they pick up his option for $3 million next season.
“Did not pitch in 2023 because of injuries. His option will be bought out.”Per J.P. Hoornstra of The OC Register
All three of these players were supposed to be used in the bullpen this season, but none ended up contributing much. LA still had one of the best relief systems in the game, and that speaks volumes for how good they were this past season.
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