"All these guys are new to me," Jansen said, "so I have to get to know them when I get to training camp."
So will the fans.
The Dodgers bullpen last year consisted of big-name relievers with star-studded resumes, among them
Wilson and Perez are no longer with the team, replaced by lesser-known relievers such as
"The one characteristic we value the most is the ability to miss bats," said
Dodgers relievers averaged 3.79 walks per nine innings last year, fourth-highest in the major leagues. The group's strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.25 was sixth-worst, resulting in a bullpen earned-run average of 3.80, 22nd in the majors and the highest among the five
Wilson, who had been expected to shut down the eighth inning, had a 4.66 ERA and walked an average of 5.54 batters per nine innings. Perez, who had a 4.27 ERA, walked 4.9 batters per nine innings.
The Dodgers released Wilson in December, even though they are obligated to pay him $9.5 million for the upcoming season. They also made no attempt to re-sign Perez, who landed with the
Peralta had an ERA of 4.41 last season with the
Hatcher, a hard-throwing converted catcher, had similar numbers, with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.00 for the Miami Marlins.
Nicasio is a longtime starter the Dodgers will attempt to turn into a full-time reliever. His statistical splits offer hope. As a starter with the
Liberatore, a former Tampa Bay farmhand, has never pitched in the major leagues, but had a promising strikeout-to-walks ratio of 5.73-1 in triple A.
Liberatore pitches left-handed and will compete with Paco Rodriguez, Daniel Coulombe and non-roster pitcher
"We like to diversify the looks we have in the bullpen — balance right-handed and left-handed options, guys that can put the ball on the ground," Friedman said.
Brandon League, a ground ball pitcher who had something of a bounce-back season last season, will return for the final guaranteed year of his three-year, $22.5-million deal.
Other options include Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia, a couple of hard throwers who showed promise as rookies last year.
Baez and Garcia are options for the place vacated by
Withrow, 25, was a significant part of the Dodgers bullpen in 2013, when he posted a 2.60 ERA in 26 games. He had a 0.95 ERA until May 17, when he was charged with five runs in a loss at Arizona. By the end of the month, the Dodgers determined he should undergo Tommy John surgery.
Withrow went to Arizona in November to start a throwing program. There, he underwent an examination on his back, which was a source of discomfort in the past. He was diagnosed with a herniated disk and underwent another surgical procedure.
Before the back surgery, the Dodgers thought Withrow could return some time near the end of the season.
Now that's in question.
"I'm assuming that's best-case scenario," Withrow said.
A look at where the Dodgers' bullpen ranked among the 30 MLB teams last season:
Category: Number (Rank)
Earned-run average: 3.80 (22)
Saves: 47 (8)
Blown saves: 14 (25)
Losses: 24 (T-14)