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According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the world champion Los Angeles Dodgers and right-handed reliever Blake Treinen have agreed to a two-year, $17.5 million deal. The sinker-baller was a catalyst in L.A.’s World Series run last year, so this a major signing. Yeah, we know–the rich stayed rich.
Reliever Blake Treinen and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in agreement on a two-year deal for $17.5 million with a club option that’s worth $8 million, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 6, 2021
Like the Dodgers needed more good news after everything went their way last season. L.A’s front office likely saw division rivals making aggressive moves, like Yu Darvish and Blake Snell becoming Padres, and decided to make some moves of their own. Re-signing the team’s best reliever is a nice start to the offseason.
Welcome back, Blake!— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 6, 2021
The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed RHP Blake Treinen to a two-year deal through the 2022 season with a team option for the 2023 season. pic.twitter.com/Cjf86lSs4i
Judging off this Dodgers tweet, you’d think the team just signed Sandy Koufax, which goes to show how pleased this fan base was with Treinen’s performance last year.
Does this move solidify the Dodgers as favorites in the NL West again? Probably, but they’ll still need to make other moves too, now that the Padres have decided to spend.
Why this move makes sense
The Dodgers took a risk when they signed Treinen last offseason to a one-year, $10 million deal. He was seen as a project for the team, a chance to help him return to his Oakland A’s “Reliever Of The Year” form.
Shortly into his tenure with the Dodgers, it was clear the flame thrower was back, and now he’s rewarded with a two-year contract. It may even turn into three, with that team option.
Hey Dodgers fans, you’re good again.