Recently, Joel Sherman went on MLB Network and played Los Angeles Dodgers’ general manager for a day. Notably, the first move he would make is to go hard after starting pitcher Gerrit Cole in free agency.
Next up as Dodgers’ general manager, Sherman says he wants to take a shot on a relief ace. Of course, Sherman spells out why that candidate is former New York Yankee Dellin Betances. Honestly, thinking about what Betances was and could be for the Dodgers gets me excited. Now, let’s see what Sherman had to say about it. Remember, you can watch the full video by clicking the tweet below.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 19, 2019
If there are some wondering why Betances became a free agent to begin with, he pitched very little in 2019 due to injury.
“For relief pitching I could take maybe a high-end risk on a a one-year guy. The that stands out to me if he is willing to go out West is Dellin Betances. He tore his achilles tendon late in the season and faced two batters all year, and he struck them both out.”
Furthermore, Sherman thinks that Betances would not only stabilize the Dodgers’ bullpen but provide insurance in case Kenley Jansen is on shaky ground at any point.
“For five years before this year he’s amongst the best relievers in the sport. He’s a dominant guy. If they could bring him in on a one-year deal to join with those other big arms who fall out of the rotation. He could protect Kenley Jansen in case he loses the closer’s role.”
Finally, Betances is entering his age-32 season; and it’s not like he’s coming off a season with a ton of wear and tear on his arm from the previous year. During those five years of dominance that Sherman speaks of, Betances has whiff totals that look like they could represent a starting pitcher.
Indeed, Betances would be a small risk for the Dodgers who could pay off in a big way. It will be interesting to see if this conjunction of the Dodgers and the former relief ace of the Yankees gains any traction in the weeks to come. The guy would look good in Dodger Blue.