Dodgers: Re-Creating a More Realistic Reliever Wish List

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Kevin Siegrist
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Kevin Siegrist /
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 14: Kevin Siegrist /

Kevin Siegrist

I’ll warn you in advance, the surface level stats on Siegrist are not pretty. He played for both the Cardinals and the Phillies last year, and his primary stat line between the two is nothing worth showing off. He finished the season with an overall ERA of 4.81 and a WHIP of 1.551. But, he would not have made my list of just three pitchers if I really thought he was that bad.

Last year, Siegrist played in 46 games and amassed a measly 39.1 innings. His stats were bad, but his usage may actually be to blame. In 2015 and 2016, Siegrist played in a combined 147 games and even lead the league in games played in 2015 at 81. 

Not only was he a workhorse but he was a good one. Over those two years, his ERA was 2.44 and his WHIP just 1.137. His ERA+ was incredible sitting at 164. The numbers just do not lie and that is what makes Siegrist so intriguing.

Siegrist’s case to be on the Dodgers is improved even more when considering the non-statistic factors. Siegrist is just 28 years old and has only really had one bad year in his career being last year. 

His struggles last year were big enough though to really put a cap on how much he’ll earn this winter. Siegrist could very easily be signed for less than $10 million and that money would be dispersed over two years with an option for a third.

Kevin Siegrist is a young but experienced pitcher coming off a bad year. His poor season will drag down the price and that is exactly what the Dodgers want. With more appearances and better coaching, the 28 year old southpaw could very well return to his elite form of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.