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Morning Mound Visit: Blake Treinen re-signs with Dodgers

Treinen returns; Baseball’s other problem; Base Ball on Ice!

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Eric Stephen | Blake Treinen: The Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed reliever Blake Treinen to a two-year deal with a club option for a third on Tuesday night. The contract guarantees $17.5 million and the club option is worth $8 million. Treinen didn’t quite return to form in 2020, but his performance was in some ways an improvement over 2019.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: If Major League Baseball has gotten less exciting recently, Russell Carleton would argue that it isn’t because the games have gotten longer. Games get long when they’re close, and the tension is high. The problem is that there are fewer close games than there used to be and fewer comebacks as well.

Brandon Riddle | Pitcher List: In February of 1861, the Live Oak and Atlantic Base Ball Clubs played a game on ice. The game, unfortunately, couldn’t be recorded in photograph, but the Live Oak BBC was immortalized in... polka?