Treinen signed a two-year, $17.5 million deal with the Dodgers on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The deal also includes a club option for a third year worth $8 million. The 32-year-old headed to Los Angeles for the 2020 campaign and posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 22:8 K:BB over 25.2 innings while recording one save and nine holds. Kenley Jansen no longer has a firm grip on the closer's role, and Treinen could step into the job if he continues to perform. Regardless, the right-hander is poised to take on a high-leverage role for the Dodgers in 2021.
Treinen worked around a leadoff single and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday to pick up a save in the Dodgers' 4-2 win over the Rays in Game 5 of the World Series.
Manager Dave Roberts admitted prior to Game 5 that he wasn't certain if the struggling Kenley Jansen would remain Los Angeles' closer, so it wasn't too surprising to see Treinen tabbed for the save situation. After Jansen blew a save chance at night earlier, Treinen turned in a mostly stress-free frame, needing only 12 pitches to put away the Rays. Jansen's long track record as one of the game's top relievers may still make him the favorite to open 2021 as the Dodgers' closer, but his poor form of late likely makes Treinen the team's preferred option for saves for the remainder of the series.
Treinen picked up the hold against San Diego on Tuesday, retiring both batters he faced, including one by strikeout.
Caleb Ferguson got the call to serve as the eighth-inning bridge to closer Kenley Jansen, but Treinen was summoned after Ferguson was forced to leave with an elbow injury. Treinen had little problem retiring both Padres he faced, striking out Greg Garcia on three pitches and inducing Trent Grisham to ground out on his first offering. Treinen has been a key component of the Dodgers' bullpen this season, posting a 2.42 ERA and 1.07 WHIP and notching eight holds over 22.1 innings.
Treinen earned the save against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday after tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
Treinen came into the 10th inning with the Dodgers up 6-4 and retired the side to pick up his first save of the year. The 32-year-old tallied 16 saves with the A's a season ago and has proven himself to be solid under pressure. While Kenley Jansen will remain the closer in Los Angeles for now, it's nice to know Treinen can get the job done. Overall this year, he's pieced together a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP across 20 appearances.
Treinen (3-2) took the loss against Colorado on Saturday, allowing three runs on three hits and notching a strikeout for the only out he recorded.
Treinen had been brilliant in his first season with the Dodgers until Saturday, so the rough outing may just be a bump in the road. The three earned runs allowed by the setup man Saturday were more than he had previously yielded during the entire campaign, and he still holds a 2.55 ERA even after the stumble. Treinen should continue to function in a high-leverage role down the stretch.
Treinen was credited with a hold Thursday against Arizona, pitching a scoreless inning and allowing one hit while also hitting a batter.
Treinen came on in the eighth inning with the Dodgers holding a three-run lead and found himself in immediate trouble, putting the first two runners on base via a single and hit batsman. However, the right-hander recovered by setting the next three hitters down in order to escape unscathed. Treinen is tied for fourth in the majors with seven holds this season and has yielded only two earned runs over 17.1 innings.
Treinen (2-1) picked up the win in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Mariners, recording a strikeout over 1.2 perfect innings of relief.
Tony Gonsolin blanked the M's over six innings but Jake McGee and Scott Alexander combined to cough up a run in the seventh. Treinen came on and shut the door the rest of the way, getting rewarded with the win when the Dodgers pushed across another run in the bottom of the eighth. The right-hander continues to impress after a rough 2019, posting a 0.82 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 11:6 K:BB through 11 innings with two wins and four holds in 11 appearances.
Treinen (1-1) earned the win Wednesday against the Padres, striking out three across 1.1 scoreless innings.
Treinen is yet to allow an earned run this season, posting five straight scoreless appearances and fanning eight in five innings across that stretch. The right-hander looks to be getting back to his 2018 form after an injury-plagued 2019 season.
Treinen could be in line for early save opportunities if Kenley Jansen (undisclosed) is not ready to pitch ninth innings by Opening Day, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Manager Dave Roberts recently stated that he expects Jansen to report to camp soon, but there's no guarantee that the veteran closer will be ready to pitch in high-leverage situations right away even if he does join the team soon. With setup man Pedro Baez (undisclosed) also yet to report to camp, Treinen is the logical choice to close games early if Jansen needs more time to get in game shape. Treinen has racked up 71 saves in his career, including 38 in 2018, when he posted a dominant 0.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 11.2 K/9 across 80.1 innings.
Treinen could be used as a setup man, high-leverage middle reliever and occasional closer during a potential 2020 season, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.
Following a disappointing 2019 campaign, Treinen signed with the Dodgers on a one-year contract in December. While the team's ninth-inning role is firmly held by Kenley Jansen, Treinen's experience as a closer and 2018 dominance could allow him to function as the club's top bullpen option behind Jansen. That could not only lead to a fair amount of holds, it may also put Treinen in the position to register a handful of saves, especially given Jansen's struggles last season and the likelihood of fewer off days during an abbreviated 2020 campaign.
Treinen will look to throw his sinker more often this season, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Per Statcast, Treinen went to his sinker at the lowest rate of his career last season while his cutter usage soared to a career high. In addition to making "subtle tweaks" to his delivery, Treinen will be looking to adjust his pitch ratios to something more in line with his 2018 campaign, when he dominated with a 0.78 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. Last season, his ERA jumped to 4.91 while his WHIP nearly doubled to 1.62.
Treinen will make his Dodgers debut in Saturday's Cactus League game against Colorado, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Treinen's absence from Cactus Leagues games thus far has been attributed to him working on his mechanics. He'll have a chance to put that work to the test Saturday when he makes his first appearance in a Dodgers uniform. Treinen is expected to fill a high-leverage role in Los Angeles' bullpen this season despite posting a career-worst 4.91 ERA in 2019.
Treinen has yet to pitch in a Cactus League game because he has been focusing on mechanical adjustments, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Treinen ended the 2019 campaign early due to a back issue, but health is not a concern for the right-handed reliever this spring. Rather, he has been working on his delivery in the hopes of regaining the form that made him one of the league's top relievers two seasons ago. Treinen is likely to make his Cactus League debut in the coming week.
Treinen (back) completed a bullpen session Thursday and doesn't appear to have any restrictions this spring, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.
While he was a member of the Athletics last season, Treinen was shut down in mid-September due to a stress reaction in his back, but the injury was never expected to be an issue heading into spring training. Treinen's ability to complete a bullpen session Thursday can be taken as a sign that he's healthy, so he'll now turn his focus to getting his arm conditioned ahead of Opening Day. After signing a one-year, $10 million deal with Los Angeles in the offseason, Treinen should be the leading candidate to serve as the top setup option to closer Kenley Jansen if he can recapture the form that made him an All-Star in 2018.
Treinen (back) signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Treinen lost his job as Oakland's closer in 2019 as he struggled with shoulder and back issues, but he is expected to be fully healthy for spring training. The right-hander will pitch out of the Dodgers' bullpen after posting a career-worst 4.91 ERA and 1.62 WHIP last season, although the ability to perform in lower-leverage situations behind Kenley Jansen could allow Treinen to bounce back in 2020.
Treinen (back) was non-tendered by the Athletics on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Treinen missed the postseason due to a back issue, though he should be healthy for spring training, assuming he's picked up by another team. After posting a stellar 0.78 ERA with a 100:21 K:BB over 80.1 innings in 2018, he took a step backward in 2019, accruing a 4.91 ERA with a 59:37 K:BB through 58.2 frames.
Treinen (back) will not pitch in any postseason games, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The issue is serious enough that the A's can already rule Treinen out for games that could take place weeks from now. However, given his struggles prior to the injury (4.91 ERA, 1.62 WHIP in 58.2 innings), this seems like a common sense move even if he were medically cleared.
Treinen will not pitch again this season due to a stress reaction in his back, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
One of the top two closers off the board in many mixed-league drafts, Treinen was a massive disappointment. He logged a 4.91 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 58.2 innings while providing 16 saves and six wins, eventually losing the closer's job to Liam Hendriks. Chris Bassitt is moving to the bullpen to help make up for Treinen's absence. Treinen hopes to be available for the postseason. He said he has had the issue for three weeks and thought he could pitch through it before an MRI revealed the stress reaction.
Treinen allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks over an inning in a win over the Rangers on Friday. He struck out one.
Treinen was brought on with a comfortable 14-7 lead in the ninth and worked himself into a jam by putting the first three batters he faced on base via an infield single and a pair of walks. The right-hander ultimately allowed a two-out single to Elvis Andrus that plated two of those runners before inducing a game-ending pop-up from Willie Calhoun. Treinen's latest hiccup is symptomatic of the inconsistency that's plagued his 2019 campaign, one that's seen him allow multiple earned runs on nine occasions after doing so only twice during his stellar 2018 season.
Treiner (back) pitched a scoreless inning, striking out all three batters he faced in Saturday's 10-2 win over the Tigers.
Treinen was called on to pitch the ninth with the Athletics holding a large lead, and he retired Jake Rogers, Willi Castro and Harold Castro in order. He needed only 13 pitches -- 10 strikes -- to complete the inning. Treinen's back issues had kept him out of action since Sept. 3, and it may limit the reliever's usage going forward, but he was at his best Saturday. The 31-year-old has a 4.71 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 57.1 innings this season.
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|10/08||@ SD||W 12-3||0.1||1||0||0||0|
|10/07||vs SD||W 6-5||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|10/06||vs SD||W 5-1||1.1||0||0||0||2|
|09/30||vs MIL||W 4-2||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/27||vs LAA||W 5-0||1.0||0||0||0||0|
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