The Los Angeles Dodgers revealed on Tuesday they’ve re-signed hard-throwing reliever Blake Treinen to a two-year contract, fortifying the back end of their bullpen by bringing back one of the key cogs in their championship run.
Treinen’s deal is valued at $17.5 million and contains a 2023 club option worth $8 million, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Treinen’s ERA ballooned from 0.78 to 4.91 in his final two campaigns with the Oakland Athletics, but the 32-year-old right-hander bounced back with the Dodgers in 2020, posting a 3.86 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a 2.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio — numbers more closely in line with his first three full seasons in the major leagues.
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With the Dodgers, Treinen considerably improved his walk rate, induced more ground balls and relied more heavily on his slider than his four-seam fastball. Along the way, he raved about the organization’s resources and philosophy in getting his career back on track.
Treinen, who turns 33 in June, was ranked as the fifth-best free agent relief pitcher and 36th-best available free agent overall this winter.
Treinen will now rejoin a bullpen highlighted by holdovers such as Kenley Jansen, Brusdar Graterol, Joe Kelly and Victor Gonzalez, as well as newcomer Corey Knebel, a former All-Star who hopes to recover similarly. The Dodgers also added former New York Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery but could be a key member of their bullpen in 2022. Their only real remaining priority is adding another right-handed hitter.
The Dodgers have their closer in Kenley Jansen, and Treinen will likely continue as a setup man for the Dodgers.
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