The Dodgers on Sunday they extended the contract of relief pitcher Blake Treinen through the 2023 season, which adds some certainty for the right-hander who is currently on the 60-day injured list with right shoulder discomfort.
Treinen was in the final season of a two-year, $17.5 million contract which included a team option for 2023 worth $8 million or a $1.5-million buyout. This new pact guarantees Treinen through 2023, though the terms of the one-year extension were not yet disclosed.
When Treinen might pitch again this season is very much up in the air. He’s been sidelined for a month with shoulder discomfort, and last pitched on April 14. Treinen was transferred to the 60-day injured list on May ..., which means the earliest he could be activated is June 21. But he isn’t expected to be ready until after the All-Star break.
Treinen told reporters during the Dodgers’ last homestand that he hadn’t yet started throwing, and there wasn’t a timetable for his return.
Treinen in parts of three seasons with the Dodgers has a 2.50 ERA and 2.96 FIP in 102 games, with 112 strikeouts, three walks, and eight saves in 101 innings. He’s pitched in three games this season, allowing a run with five strikeouts.
The Dodgers now have four players with guaranteed contracts for 2023, with Treinen joining Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Chris Taylor. There will be a number of high-profile players eligible for salary arbitration, and six players — Justin Turner, Max Muncy, Hanser Alberto, Daniel Hudson, Danny Duffy, Jimmy Nelson — with club options for next year.
Treinen’s new deal just crosses off one item on the offseason checklist.