The 2014 bullpen for the Los Angeles Dodgers is starting to round into form quite nicely. The names already guaranteed to be in the bullpen consist of left handed Paco Rodriguez and righties Brandon League and Kenley Jansen. After today, though, there is more news regarding the future of the Dodgers’ bullpen.
L.A. and Brian Wilson are extremely close on finalizing a deal that will bring Wilson back as Jansen’s setup man. However, if Kenley is to struggle as closer, Brian will be given a chance to close games. That is not the only move the Dodgers have made regarding their bullpen. Previous setup man Ronald Belisario was not tendered a contract by the Dodgers and will now become a free agent.
Paco was a very solid lefty out of the bullpen for the Dodgers during the regular season, but the postseason was a different story. Rodriguez was given an opportunity to perform in the playoffs and he fell flat on his face. That was when veteran left hander J.P. Howell took over as the primary lefty out of the bullpen. Whether L.A. wants him back as the primary lefty again or just an insurance policy in case Paco struggles, the Dodgers are in the process of trying to re-sign Howell.
The combination of Wilson and Jansen in late inning situations will be clutch for the Dodgers. Having one solid lefty out of the bullpen is great, but having two is even better. So bringing back Howell to pair him up with Paco is another great decision by Dodgers’ management.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org