The Dodgers weren’t able to sign Masahiro Tanaka, losing him to the New York Yankees. However, the Dodgers reportedly still want to add another quality starter and the free agent market is bleak. One of the better starters available is Cincinnati Reds free agent Bronson Arroyo, but the Dodgers interest isn’t known to this point.
Arroyo was 14-12 this season with a 3.79 ERA in 32 appearances in his eighth and final season with the Reds. Other available starting pitchers are Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez, but the Dodgers don’t want to give up a draft pick. If the Dodgers aren’t able to sign another starting pitcher, they’d head into Spring Training with Josh Beckett as the number five starter.
It would be wise for the Dodgers to add another quality starter, in case of injuries and since Beckett and Chad Billingsley will be coming back from serious injury. Last year the Dodgers entered the year with starting pitching depth, but injuries caused them to trade for Ricky Nolasco.
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