How could the Dodgers not pick up the phone and call these free agents, after the talent pool just got much larger?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of only a few big-spending teams poised to take full advantage of second free agency!
See, that’s when the league’s cheap franchises — a number that is skyrocketing in 2020 — let loose additional players who they could’ve retained control over, but instead chose to non-tender as their arbitration meetings approached. Wild.
The Dodgers have already taken advantage of such maneuvers quickly, working out a trade for Brewers reliever Corey Knebel just before he was about to be cut loose by the team (love those players to be named later!). But are there more players available who the LAD can strike on in the coming days?
After all, it’s just money.
These three options would be perfect for bolstering the bullpen, replacing Joc Pederson at a low cost, or simply sticking it to a division rival. Intrigue!
3. Archie Bradley
Former Diamondbacks set-up man Archie Bradley would be a solid bridge for the Dodgers.
The bridge to Kenley Jansen, which has teetered in recent years, was reinforced on Wednesday night with the shrewd Knebel move, which may or may not have been a cost-cutting measure to save face for Blake Treinen’s imminent departure.
Well, why not go for a two-for-one?
Archie Bradley is certainly going to be due less money than Treinen this offseason — the sinker-balling righty just dominated in the postseason on a one-year, $10 million contract he’ll at least be looking to duplicate (with more security involved).
Since his move to the bullpen became permanent in 2017, Bradley has been a consistent firebrand, a former top pitching prospect turned a high-profile setup man (if not a potential closer, if need be).
Smart teams stockpile inexpensive relievers instead of blowing massive money on several back-end options or waiting around and hoping that they eventually develop All-Star level pitching prospects and sell them on a relief role.
It’s time to pair Bradley with Knebel and let Julio Urias eat in the rotation. We can’t believe the baseball world made this so easy for us.