Dodgers: Questions Heading Into the Winter Meetings

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Brandon Morrow (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Brandon Morrow (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Who pitches the seventh and eighth inning?

The Dodgers bullpen was a major strength this season as they were nearly unbeatable when leading after seven innings.  Brandon Morrow transformed from an injury-plagued starting pitcher into one of the most dominant setup men in the game.  The Dodgers are going to have to re-sign Morrow or find an equally talented setup man to replace him.

Luckily for the Dodgers, there are a large plethora of solid relief options on the market.  In addition to Morrow, the Dodgers are also going to lose Tony Watson unless they re-sign him.  Watson turned into a fine addition and was the Dodgers primary left-hander out of the pen once he came over from the Pirates.  Watson could be in line for a contract that the Dodgers deem unreasonable.

The Dodgers do have Pedro Baez, but he was disastrous in September and ultimately pitched his way off of the playoff starter.  If the Dodgers want their bullpen to remain a strength in 2018, they should sign two relief pitchers for the seventh and eighth inning.  Pedro Baez would be a fine reliever in the middle of the game, but he should not be a setup man for the Dodgers as he cracks under pressure.