Found November 01, 2012 on
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels
Chicago White Sox
The Los Angeles Dodgers would appear to have a pretty good team on paper heading into the 2012 offseason. They’ve got their outfield locked up with Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp – all of whom should be healthy by spring training – and the infield looks to be in good shape. If there is one area where the Dodgers might want to put some focus, it’s in their pitching rotation.
While they do have an ace in Clayton Kershaw, who has led the National League in ERA for each of the last two seasons, they might want to supplement him with a little help. Veterans Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang will be back but the concern right now is for Chad Billingsley. Billingsley has partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and received two platelet-rich plasma injections in September. He began a throwing regiment and will gradually increase the intensity but he still might need Tommy John Surgery. If that’s the case, he’ll be out for all of 2013, which would put a lot of pressure on Kershaw to carry the load.
Some other options are available in free agency, such as Zack Greinke, Dan Haren and Jake Peavy. While Greinke would be the ideal choice, he will also be the most costly. Since the Dodgers already have a top-of-the-line starter, a really good No. 2 like Haren or Peavy will do.
The question is if the Dodgers plan to spend in the offseason and whether they want to spend on pitching. It’s conceivable that if Billingsley is healthy, they won’t need any more arms but if he’s out, he’ll leave a huge void behind.
MLB odds makers are likely to make the Dodgers among the National League favorites next season but a boost to their starting pitching will surely help their cause.
Related Posts:Dodgers Will Revisit Pitching Needs As Offseason BeginsDodgers Need Boost From Starters In San DiegoStarting Pitching Still A Priority For DodgersDodgers Acquire Joe Blanton From PhilliesBlue Crew Report: Going Gonzo
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
A.J. Ellis never had the chance to personally witness the birth of his first two children, but the Dodgers catcher received an up close and personal view of his wife, Cindy, giving birth to their third child. On the morning of Oct. 12, Cindy informed him that her water had broken. So the couple jumped into the car, hoping to make the 30-minute drive to the Milwaukee hospital. Midway...
Baseball America: Dodgers have hired Patrick Guerrero as their Latin American coordinator.
Guerrero, who lives in the Dominican Republic, will run the organization’s scouting throughout Latin America. The Mariners had fired Guerrero as their Latin American coordinator earlier this month at the same time they announced that Bob Engle, their vice president of international scouting...
Manager Don Mattingly believed that the Los Angeles Dodgers squad he brought out of spring training would be good enough to make the playoffs. Although few people believed him, the team’s 31-13 start proved otherwise. Along the way, the Dodgers added a slew of talented veterans, including Hanley Ramirez, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, and along with Matt...
I'm a sucker for a good deal, and when it's centered around the man they call Kid K, well, money will leave my being and cards will head my way. Like the amazing below patch of Clayton Kershaw from 2007 TriStar Elegance (I'm a sucker for minor league cards as well).Sick! A two-color patch with some jersey thrown in for good measure, and a lot of stitching. Just how I...
LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles Dodgers today named long-time international scout Bob Engle as Vice-President of International Scouting. The announcement was made by Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti.
Engle, who served in the same capacity for the Seattle Mariners since 2004, has been in Major League Baseball since 1974 and has been instrumental in the signing of four Cy Young Award...
MAC ON THE MOVE
Mark McGwire may be leaving the Cardinals for the Dodgers. He's been the hitting coach for St. Louis the past two seasons, but he might want to move.
Following Sunday’s conclusion of the World Series, there began the relatively brief Quiet Period — a period of time during which teams have exclusive negotiation rights with pending free agents. After the Quiet Period, anybody can reach out to anybody. Any player can sign with any team that he wants. The Los Angeles Dodgers had a pending free agent in Brandon League, and they...
Heres one you probably didnt see coming: The Dodgers are close to hiring Mark McGwire as their new hitting coach.
McGwire has served as the Cardinals' hitting coach for the last three seasons, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has reported that he has told the club he intends to accept the same position with the Dodgers.
The deal with the Dodgers has yet to be finalized, but...
At long last, "Dugout Blues" is back on the air. I know our tens of listeners were wondering where we went.
This week, Jared Massey (L.A. Dugout) talk about the Brandon League signing, the big trades the Dodgers made during the season (Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez) and about Japanese phenom Shohei Otani.
Look for new...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have extended Brandon League to a new three year $22.5mm deal, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2016. The 2016 vesting option value can increase from $7.5MM to $9MM based on games finished in 2015.
The Dodgers acquired League at the trade deadline from Seattle, after League had lost his closer role. In 28...
Like most teams, the Dodgers want to add a pitcher. At the top of their wish list sits a pretty good one.
The Dodgers have identified Rays right-hander James Shields as their No. 1 target, according to ESPN.com's Mark Saxon.
The Rays are reportedly expected to pick up Shields' 2013 option, which is worth $10.25 million, but it's possible that Tampa...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have identified Tampa Bay Rays
right-hander James Shields as their No. 1 target this offseason, reports Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
According to a source, the
Dodgers identified right-hander James Shields as their No. 1 target.
The Rays recently exercised Shields’ $10.25 million option for
2013. However, given their limited payroll...
The Dodgers now have a high-priced reliever. But do they have an elite reliever?
In 2012, Andre Ethier hit .284 with 20 home runs, 89 RBI, and 36 doubles. He also had a .351 OBP and OPS of .812.
Over the past week some rumors from ESPN’s Buster Olney have surfaced that Dodgers outfielder Andre Either might be available on the trading block. With the news today that the Mets and David Wright may have hit a snag in their negotiations, my mind began to churn...