Dodgers supporters should be concerned about Dave Roberts’ newest statement
Following the signing of Kenley Jansen to the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts discussed who he wants to use as his closer in 2022.
Former Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was signed to a six-year contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves did, however, acquire a player from the Dodgers in the shape of closer Kenley Jansen, who was signed to a one-year contract. Dodgers fans are wondering who will be the new closer now that Jansen is out of the picture.
When asked if he had a certain pitcher in mind to replace Jansen in the bullpen, manager Dave Roberts said no. The Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett furnished him with his response.
Dave Roberts was asked again today if #Dodgers have a specific closer to replace Kenley Jansen: “Right now, I don’t think we do. I think the easy answer is Blake (Treinen). But I don’t know if that’s the right answer. .. Right now where we’re at, we don’t have a dedicated closer”
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 26, 2022
Dodgers fans should be concerned about Dave Roberts’ comments on the closer position
When examining the depth chart for the squad, Blake Treinen appears to be the closer. Treinen had a 1.99 ERA, a 0.982 WHIP, 85 strikeouts, and seven saves in 72.1 innings pitched last season (72 games).
Despite this, Roberts stated that he is unsure “whether that is the correct answer.”
Roberts had previously stated, h/t Plunkett of the Orange County Register, that he did not intend to have an exclusive closer and that he was confident in the relievers he had in the bullpen to fill in.
Based on his comments on March 26, it looks like he is adhering to that strategy.
Jansen was coming off a season in which he went 69 games and had a 2.22 ERA, 1.043 WHIP, 86 strikeouts, 36 walks, and 38 saves (69.0 innings). He was signed to a one-year agreement with the Braves, worth $16 million.
There will be no one-size-fits-all solution for Jansen’s replacement. It’s possible that Roberts may use a committee-by-committee approach throughout the 2022 season.