The Dodgers had one of their most impressive reclamation projects ever in Shelby Miller, who was downright awful for several years before joining the Dodgers, and it finally looked like the team bit off more than it could chew.
But in the end, the Dodgers were right yet again as Miller was a valuable piece in the bullpen, sporting a 1.71 ERA in 42 innings pitched. Miller is now a free agent, and after a season like this, there may be more teams vying to sign the hard-throwing right-hander.
If the Dodgers can get a good price on Miller, then he will definitely return. But after the year he had, that's far from a guarantee.
Treinen did not pitch at all for the Dodgers in 2023 and has not been on a big-league mound since September of 2022. That came after Treinen essentially missed all of the 2022 season. The hard-throwing right-hander has thrown five total innings over the last two seasons.
While that would traditionally lead to an easy decision, the Dodgers have a $7 million club option for Treinen in 2024 that seems very enticing. At his best, Treinen is a lethal weapon to have in the bullpen, and $7 million is a great price for that kind of talent.
The Dodgers exercised Daniel Hudson's $6.5 million club option last winter and he was coming off a torn ACL (and isn't as good as Trenien). If the Dodgers have any faith in Trenien, he will be back. We just don't know if that faith is there.
Reyes has never even stepped foot on the mound for the Dodgers. Signed as another reclamation project last winter, Reyes got hurt before the Dodgers could do any voodoo magic on him to help him return to elite form.
Like the several other relievers on this list, Reyes has a club option for the 2024 season and his deal is only worth $3 million. That's a small price to pay for a potential high-leverage reliever. But do the Dodgers view him as that? Or is he a sunk cost at this point?