Maybe the 31-year old right hander is a fit for the Dodger’s bullpen? He certainly checks off all the Andrew Friedman boxes. He’s coming off a subpar injury plagued 2019 season. Check. Last season he posted a 4.91 ERA and allowed 9 home runs in 58.2 frames.
He’s cheap. Blake Treinen a right handed reliever earned just 6.4 million dollars in 2019 and is projected to command under 10 million per season. That’s a check. No pun intended the cheaper the better for Friedman. He’s from the Oakland A’s (or if he’s from the Tampa Bay Rays). Any player that used to play for either of those clubs becomes instantly valuable to Friedman who does not have the imagination, or wherewithal to consider players from other clubs. That is a triple check.
In all fairness and all jokes aside, Treinen could be a huge diamond in the rough. In 2018 he had one of the best seasons for a reliever posting a 1.82 ERA while punching out 100 batters against just 21 walks while recording 38 saves. He was one of the best until inconsistency and injuries derailed him last season.
Of course we have said something similar about the majority of Friedman’s pitching acquisitions. Joe Kelly turns out to be Joe Kelly. They all end up being busts, or they get hurt. With the exception of Rich Hill, and Kenta Maeda, Friedman simply can’t be trusted anymore to acquire good pitching. No more former Tampa or Oakland pitchers. No more injury riddled guys. No more journeymen. It’s time for someone else to make these decisions.