A simple glance at the arms currently making up the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation and they appear to have something obviously in common: They’re all left-handed.
Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood… Those are quite a few southpaws, regardless of how talented the bunch might be.
It appears, though, as if the Dodgers are more interested in gathering assets and working from there than making sure anyone landed fits perfectly as is. Think of the Lakers when they drafted Magic Johnson with Norm Nixon already on the roster.
You make it work later rather than pass up on Magic.
Right now, arguably the top two arms on the American market both throw fro the left side of the rubber. But, as the Dodgers are dealing with serious need to solidify their rotation, they are not eliminating any options, no matter which arms they use.
Here’s Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal with a few more details:
So, while the Dodgers explore both Maeda and the trade market, they’re also talking to free-agent lefty Scott Kazmir. Some rival executives even think they could be the team for formerOrioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who reportedly wants a five-year, $100 million deal.
Chen, 30, holds particular appeal for analytics-minded clubs such as the Dodgers and Astros, one exec said. He had a combined 3.44 ERA the past two seasons pitching in the AL East at hitter-friendly Camden Yards…
… Chen is the type of fly ball pitcher who should thrive at Dodger Stadium.
One could add that Chen is the type of fly ball pitcher who should thrive at Dodgers stadium with Joc Pederson, Trayce Thompson and Yasiel patrolling the outfield.