Update: Free Agent Target – Blake Treinen

The Backstory:

After getting bounced in the Wild Card game once again, the Oakland Athletics are in a familiar position. The A’s are looking to shed salary and Ken Rosenthal reports that all signs point to RHP Blake Treinen being on the trade block. The A’s very well could non-tender him, but it’s more likely they look for something in return first. Treinen is currently age 31 and would be a great addition to the Dodgers bullpen. Unfortunately Joe Kelly is coming off a terrible 2019 season and could never be that elusive 8th inning guy the Dodgers lack. Pedro Baez had a nice regular season but after tipping pitches in the postseason, he became a non-factor as well. Kenley Jansen showed major signs of regression last season. Kenta Maeda arguably was the Dodgers best reliever last season, but he stands firm that he wants to start the 2020 season in the Dodgers rotation. Acquiring a trusted veteran arm would certainly help Roberts manage the bullpen more effectively.

UPDATE: The A’s have non-tendered Blake Treinen, which will make him an unrestricted free agent.

The Reality:

Treinen was a 2018 All-Star with a microscopic 0.78 ERA and 9 wins. However, 2019 was not good for Treinen. His ERA jumped over 4 runs to 4.91 and his walk rate increased as well. He was able to give up minimal hard contact with an average exit velocity of 87 MPH and only allowing 9 home runs. Treinen was still able to maintain an average fast ball velocity between 95-97 MPH. He induces a lot of ground balls along with great swing and miss stuff. Injuries and a second half ERA over 6 are things Treinen are ready to put behind. He is still a serviceable reliever and will be making $7.8 million in the final year of his contract.

The Reward:

If the Dodgers are able to pickup Treinen, then they added a proven arm who has had some postseason experience. Though it hasn’t gone well for him in the past. Having to commit to a reliever for one year is exactly what Andrew Friedman would like and the A’s really don’t have much leverage to get a high return after their reliever had a disappointing 2019. Working with Mark Prior could be the rejuvenation that Treinen needs to get back to that 2018 season. This is the best time to buy low on someone who could make a huge impact next season. Treinen is an excellent bounce back candidate.

The Shot:

Treinen could cost the Dodgers anywhere from $3 to $10 million annually and would be a good bargain price regardless.

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