How are the 7 players Dodgers lost in offseason performing in 2022?

Thomas Carannante
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the third inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on April 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the third inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on April 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images) /
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Kenley Jansen #74 of the Atlanta Braves (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Kenley Jansen #74 of the Atlanta Braves (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

2. Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly and Corey Knebel

The Dodgers let a trio of productive relievers walk in the offseason. Kenley Jansen went to the Braves, Joe Kelly to the White Sox, and Corey Knebel to the Phillies. Friedman replaced them all with Craig Kimbrel, Daniel Hudson and a number of in-house options that proved themselves in 2021.

Though LA’s bullpen has maintained a robust 2.22 ERA and 0.80 WHIP so far this season (and without much of Blake Treinen!), there’s no denying those three were big losses. And here’s how they’re doing in 2022:

  • Jansen – 3.38 ERA, 0.63 WHIP, 1.08 FIP, 11 strikeouts and 5 saves in 8.0 innings
  • Kelly – Beginning a rehab assignment on Friday as he recovers from a shoulder issue
  • Knebel – 1.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 2.08 FIP, 7 strikeouts and 3 saves in 8.0 innings

Kelly’s yet to log an inning, but Dodgers fans are going to miss his trademark heater and boisterous personality that very much annoyed the opposition. He’ll forever be immortalized for brushing back Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman back in 2020.

This is all worth tracking as the season wears on because we know how bullpens typically cycle in new faces due to injuries, fatigue and general role changes. These three veterans had entrenched roles in the Dodgers’ bullpen and Roberts still has some work to do sorting out the changes.

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