Dodgers who may have played their last game in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles in the dug out before game one of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 03: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles in the dug out before game one of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 15: Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 15, 2019 in New York City. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Pedro Baez

The 32-year-old from the Dominican Republic signed as an international free agent with the Dodgers in 2007. Originally a third baseman, he was rated as the best infield arm in the Dodgers system several years in a row by Baseball America before being converted to a pitcher in 2014. He has pitched out of the Dodgers bullpen ever since.

After ending his 2019 season on a sour note, having served up a three-run home run to Ryan Zimmerman that put Game 4 of the NLDS out of reach, Pedro Baez enters 2020 one year shy of free agency.

He remains the team’s best option as a set-up man for Kenley Jansen, and even though his fastball velocity has been slowly declining, he still hits the mid-nineties on the radar gun, and opposing hitters have an impossible time getting a barrel on his pitches.

Relievers can be fickle, a reliable set-up man one year can quickly become a liability the next. The Dodgers bullpen is the one area where the team would like to see a major leap in the future. It’s hard to say if Baez will be part of the solution going forward.

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