With Neftali Perez about to be signed by the Brewers (he wants an opportunity to close), the Dodgers are running out of external options for an 8th inning reliever… unless you consider Joe Blanton to still be viable. He’s had a nice run as a “re-invented” reliever, but can he keep it up? I’m not so sure. I believe that Jose De Leon might be an excellent internal option, but he’s also trade bait! Don’t believe for a minute that the Dozier deal is 100% dead. Both teams have reasons to want to make it work.
But, if you stop and think about it, the Dodgers might be a perfect spot for Greg Holland to land. Let’s not forget how good Holland was from 2011 to 2015, when he injured his UCL and had to have Tommy John Surgery. He was absolutely unhittable during that period until the injury. His stuff was filthy… absolutely filthy! He walked few and struck out many and he just needs an opportunity to show what he can do again. He’s a risk, no question.
I think FAZ can figure out a way to sign and utilize him. Probably a 3 year/$24 million deal with an opt-out after year one. This is a high-risk/high-reward type of deal… one that FAZ understands all too well. Greg Holland may very well be at the top of the list for the Dodgers. I have no expectations, but Greg Holland is a distinct possibility!
The fact is: the Dodgers may be fine as they are constructed IF they keep De Leon. I have no idea what FAZ and Roberts are thinking, but I believe that Jose De Leon would be a great set-up man. It very well may be that they don’t see him that way. Grant Dayton, Mike Liberatore, Pedro “The Snail” Baez (if he speeds up his delivery), Josh Fields, Alex Wood, Josh Ravin and Jacob Rhame are all internal options. The Dodgers have plenty of arms, but a “shut-down” setup man would be nice. If healthy, Holland opts out and signs a big dollar deal, just like we thought Scott Kazmir would. Yeah Right! There’s always risk!
Worthwhile Discussion: Eric Stephen of True Blue LA discusses whether First Base is a Problem yesterday. The answer is No… and Yes! If A-Gon is the Dodgers #6 hitter, it’s not a problem, even though Cody Bellinger is knocking at the door. By the All-Star Game, he might be kicking down that door. The fact are as follows:
- Adrian Gonzalez has not been a superstar since his first year in Boston. He has been in decline ever since and in 2016 he put up his lowest OPS in a full season.
- He has always been slow and clogs the bases.
- He will be 35 on May, 8th and further decline is likely.
- A-Gon would be a great #6 hitter, which is why it is important that the Dodgers get a bat like Dozier or Braun. If he hit’s #4 or #5, that’s a problem.
Hopefully, he comes back from a bad year and has another year where he put up .900+ OPS, but he hasn’t done that since 2011 and it doesn’t seem likely he will do it now. The cold, hard facts are that if Cody Bellinger is ready by the All-Star break, he might have to play. At the very least, if healthy, Scott Van Slyke will platoon with Adrian at 1B – Gonzalez hit just .244/.293/.310 against southpaws in 2016.
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