Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Relief Pitching, Free Agents, Trades
The Dodgers arguably made their big splash on the reliever market when they signed Joe Kelly to a lucrative three-year deal worth $25 million and an option for a fourth year in 2022. Kelly, former foe now friend, will use his 100 mile per hour arm to assist the Dodgers in the back end of the bullpen working as the bridge to Kenley Jansen.
But the bullpen building project does not need to stop at Kelly and, if the Dodgers so choose, they can invest in one of Adam Ottavino or Zach Britton to really cap off what is already a pretty stellar relief group.
Both Ottavino and Britton made headlines when MLB super-insider, Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the pair of relievers are in the Yankees’ sights and the big spending team from The Bronx could potentially go after one, if not both, of the bullpen arms.
Now that is both good and bad news for a potentially interested Dodger front office. The Yankees’ now public interest should get the market rolling for the relievers but could also inflate the price to an unreasonable standard, eliminating the Harper hopeful Dodgers from the race.
It has also been reported by many the Britton’s price tag is very high and interest from multiple teams, including the Yankees, will only make it higher.
If the Dodgers want to beat the price jacking, they best get on those two players as soon as possible.