There has been a lot of speculation about the possible acquisition of David Price from the Tampa Bay Rays or Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox, but the Los Angeles Dodgers most pressing need is help in the bullpen. The Dodgers are 23rd out of 30 teams in MLB with a bullpen ERA of 3.77.
The offseason acquisition of Chris Perez doesn’t seem to be working mainly because he doesn’t have a clear-cut role with the team. Perez was a closer with the Cleveland Indians, and now he is the third option at best to close out a game. He is not the setup man either, with that position being held by Brian Wilson. The only left-handed reliever Don Mattingly can call out of the pen is J.P. Howell. The only other lefty in the bullpen for the Dodgers is Paul Maholm, who was relegated to the pen because he couldn’t cut it as a starter. Mattingly has little confidence in Maholm, and he won’t be called upon unless the Dodgers need someone to eat up innings or an occasional spot start.
The Dodgers don’t need another starter, because they already have the best staff in the league. If the Dodgers were to make the postseason, going up against Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu would be tough to handle for opposing lineups. This gives the Dodgers’ front office staff more of a reason to go after a player who can help strengthen the bullpen.