Dodgers: Possible Bullpen Targets in Free Agency
The ideal off-season for the Dodgers would be to re-sign Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson to keep their stellar bullpen intact. Unfortunately, some teams go crazy in free agency which could price Morrow and Watson out of the Dodgers ideal price range.
Last off-season the Dodgers got very lucky and found a gem in signing Brandon Morrow to a minor-league deal. After a stellar season in which he became the primary set-up man to Kenley Jansen his price tag will be exponentially higher if the Dodgers want to bring him back. Given that he turns 34 next season and has an extensive injury history, the Dodgers may have to take a hard pass on bringing him back if the bidding goes above their comfort zone. While a two-year deal sounds ideal for him, it would not be surprising if he lands a three-year contract.
Before the July 31st trade deadline, the Dodgers made a deal for Tony Watson. While this trade did not make the waves that acquiring Yu Darvish did, he turned out to be a stabilizer to the Dodgers pen. As a Dodger, he posted an ERA under three and held opposing batters to a 208 average overall. Like Morrow, Watson is currently a free agent and figures to get several offers that the Dodgers will have to compete with to bring him back. With Grant Dayton scheduled to miss the 2018 season and Adam Liberatore coming back from injury, the Dodgers could use Watson to mow down lefties in the late innings.
If the Dodgers deem the cost too high to bring Watson and Morrow back, then they could choose to sign a free agent alternative. If they do need to go that route, then these are some of the options Friedman and Co. could look at.