The Los Angeles Dodgers feature an almost complete team. They do have some holes that need addressing at shortstop, centerfield, and in the starting rotation. And they have been linked to various players in free agency as a result. However, Los Angeles also needs to take a look at the back-end of the bullpen, as Craig Kimbrel did not pan out in the closer role during the 2022 campaign.
So who might the Dodgers take a look at for the closer role in 2023? Andrew Friedman hasn’t displayed a willingness to pursue expensive closers in free agency. LA tends to build from within or sign cheap options on the open market. With that being said, let’s take a look at 3 closer options the Dodgers must consider for the 2023 season.
Dodgers are interested in Alex Reyes
Dodgers reporter Juan Toribio revealed that LA is interested in former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Alex Reyes. Reyes is just 28-years old and was named an NL All-Star in 2021. He posted 29 saves as the Cardinals closer that season, but was forced to miss 2022 due to injury.
Reyes fits the Dodgers’ strategy, as he could be signed at a discount given last year’s absence. The Dodgers will likely consider him not just as a closer, but also as a 7th or 8th inning option. But one would imagine that Reyes would be given a chance to earn the closer role in Spring Training should LA sign him.
A reliable option
Despite pitching in LA, Evan Phillips’ remarkable 2022 season flew under the radar. But the Dodgers would not have won as many games as they did during the regular season without his contributions.
Phillips finished the year with a microscopic 1.14 ERA through 63 innings pitched. The right-hander struck out 77 hitters and walked only 15. LA was able to rely on him throughout the campaign.