The Los Angeles Dodgers could remake their bullpen, if they so choose, over the course of the offseason, as Kenley Jansen is scheduled to be a free agent. While the Dodgers will likely try to bring him back, as they should, that won’t stop rivals from trying to get in an offer for a player with his experience and pedigree.
Jansen ranks 13th all times in saves with 350, all of which were recorded with the Dodgers, and he could easily jump into the Top 10 with another strong year in the ninth-inning role. That consistency should get plenty of non-Dodgers contenders interested in bringing him to town.
While the likes of Blake Treinen could step in, the bullpen was far from a strength in the postseason, and Andrew Friedman could easily look to attack the free agent market in the offseason. They might not have to look too far, as one of the best available players could be right around the corner.
The rival Los Angeles Angels face the prospect of losing their own elite closer in Raisel Iglesias. If the Dodgers want to replace Jansen with someone that has years of experience and will consistently pile up clutch strikeouts, Iglesias should be able to fill that role without commanding an insane contract.
Raisel Iglesias could replace Kenley Jansen on the Dodgers.
Since moving to the bullpen early in his six-year tenure with the Reds, Iglesias has only one season with an ERA higher than 2.74 and an ERA+ higher than 169. Those numbers make him one of the most underrated players in the league, as there was a mysterious absence of hype surrounding a closer with a 2.57 ERA and 34 saves.
While his heavy sinker is still his bread and butter, Iglesias has improved his velocity notably over the course of his career, as an average heater comes in at over 96 miles per hour. With one of the highest strikeout rates and chase rates in the game, Iglesias has All-Star potential, and that could get the Dodgers interested.
Iglesias does not have much in the way of postseason experience due to being saddled with some bad Reds teams and an Angels squad without Mike Trout, but that shouldn’t dissuade LA from making a run. Everything about his player profile screams impact postseason difference-maker, much like Jansen.
Jansen is obviously the top priority when it comes to beefing up the bullpen, but any front office executive worth their salt has a terrific backup plan, and adding Iglesias to this team might help keep them in a position to win 100 games.