Dodgers: Possible Bullpen Targets in Free Agency

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KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 24: Mike Minor
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Addison Reed – 2.84 ERA in 2017 with the Mets and Red Sox

The first option the Dodgers could choose to go after if they lose Brandon Morrow is Addison Reed. The Dodgers were linked to Reed before last season’s trade deadline.  While Reed has been around the majors for a while, he is barely turning 29 in December.  He could be a cheaper yet younger alternative to Brandon Morrow.

Reed is one of the rare relievers that can get right and left-handed hitters out at an equal rate.  He held right-handed hitters to a 164 average in 2017, but also limited left-handed hitters to a 175 average.  While he sits in the low 90’s which is a contrast to Morrow, he can be equally effective due to a sinking fastball and an excellent changeup.  Reed could offset the loss of Morrow and Watson since he can get any batter out.

Reed has the kind of durability that Morrow has been unable to show throughout his career. Reed has appeared in over 70 innings in back to back seasons while the Dodgers face the risk that Morrow could break down next season after throwing as many relief innings as he ever has this past season.  The short off-season due to an extended playoff run also hurts Morrow’s case where Reed has been a model of durability.

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