The Dodgers’ one-year, $10M contract with free agent pitcher Blake Treinen became official on Sunday. After the deal was announced, the reliever spoke about a few misconceptions after a down 2019 season, and his outlook for 2020.
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First off, the money quote… “I’m not a broken pitcher.” The 31 year-old expanded beyond that after enduring a rough 2019 campaign.
I feel that’s kind of been the consensus across baseball right now. It’s kind of entertaining to me to listen to. I understand, from the outside looking in, there’s some validation behind it. A guy has a bad year, there’s a lot of criticism involved and that’s just how the game goes.
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After dominating in 2018, the right-hander found struggles for the first time in his career last season. Shoulder issues and general ineffectiveness bloated the reliever’s peripherals to career highs — all in a bad way. But he feels that was all an outlier.