The Dodgers Reliever Wish List Shrinks With Herrera Off the Board

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KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 15: Kelvin Herrera #40 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 15: Kelvin Herrera #40 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 22: Blake Treinen #39 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on April 22, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-1. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

The Ace Relievers

Blake Treinen (1.06 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, .176 AVG Allowed)

The Oakland A’s are one of the teams in rebuilding that have a valuable reliever they can deal away to net them prospects.  Treinen will be thirty years old in a little more than a week so the A’s are going to be open to dealing him away and selling high while his value is at an all-time high.  Treinen is under contract for two more seasons so he will cost the Dodgers a prospect like Verdugo as well as a few more decent prospects.

Treinen features a wicked sinker that averages 96.8 miles per hour and is a pitch that makes you wonder how it is ever hit.  Treinen is currently serving as the A’s closer so he is used to high leverage situations and would provide the Dodgers with a top-notch setup man and a closer to fill in for Jansen when necessary.

Kyle Barraclough (1.15 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, .089 AVG allowed)

The Miami Marlins are another one of the known rebuilding teams after they traded away Stanton and Yelich this past winter.  They have another valuable asset to deal away in Kyle Barraclough.  Barraclough is under team control through arbitration for three more seasons so he is another trade target who is going to cost something to get a very good reliever in return.

Barraclough has been downright dominant this season allowing an opponent’s average under .100 and he would give the Dodgers a dominant combo at the end of games.  The Dodgers would easily replace Brandon Morrow by acquiring a reliever like Kyle Barraclough and they would have him under control for a reasonable rate for multiple seasons.  If the Dodgers want to aim high they should target Treinen or Barraclough.

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