2. Phil Bickford
Some Dodgers fans thought Bickford would've already been gone, but the Dodgers did very little work at the onset of the offseason to address their needs. It's been a long, gradual process that's finally picked up some traction over the last couple weeks.
Bickford impressed in 56 games after he was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in 2021 (2.50 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 1.03 WHIP), but then followed that up with a 4.72 ERA, 4.26 FIP and 1.10 WHIP in 60 games last year. He improved upon his penchant for issuing walks ... but he was catching far too many barrels (third percentile in barrel percentage).
Both of his pitches seemingly lost effectiveness in different manners. Hitters logged a .193 batting average against his fastball in 2021 vs a .255 average in 2022. As for his slider, that pitch saw an expected batting average of .183 and a .304 slugging percentage in 2021 vs a .222 expecting batting average and .456 slugging percentage in 2022.
If Bickford was a lefty, perhaps he'd have a longer leash, but right now we're not sure how far his good vibes can carry him after the addition of Reyes.