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The Dodger bullpen, overall, was pretty average/below average compared to the bullpen of every other team. There was a stretch in time when they were the worst bullpen in baseball, but a lot of the real clunkers were guys that didn’t pitch too often and didn’t have any expectations.
The eight relievers that were graded here, with the exception of Johnson, were more good than bad. When you factor in the likes of Chin-hui Tsao, Sergio Santos, Ian Thomas, Daniel Coulombe and so on, it drags the overall bullpen down a bit.
The core of the bullpen (Yimi/Hatcher/Jansen) should still be in place next year, and the free agency class is sort of barren. Off the top of my head, Tyler Clippard, Darren O’Day, Mark Lowe and Joakim Soria seem to be the most intriguing top bullpen arms available. This front office has also shown a knack for pulling trades out of nowhere, so hopefully they can build a solid, dependable bullpen in the next few months. Would not mind an Aroldis Chapman/Jansen closer platoon. Just stay as far away as humanly possible from Papelbon.