As was previously recorded, the Dodgers aren’t letting whichever hand pitchers throw with impact their level of interest in free agents.
In this case, former Baltimore Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen has become a viable option as the right-handed market dries up.
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This, via Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:
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… He has been on the disabled list in only one of his four major-league seasons, and that was due to an oblique strain.
As if all that isn’t enough, Chen is the type of fly-ball pitcher who should thrive at Dodger Stadium.
Given the question marks in all the Dodgers’ lefties aside from Clayton Kershaw in terms of injury history, an all-southpaw rotation to start the year wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world as guys land on the disabled list or other personnel moves take place.
The biggest thing right now is to acquire arms. Chen isn’t the kind of name that would make opposing fans worry about their chances at the division, but it seems like the front office is interested in solid starters and balance elsewhere on the roster.
This ideology is a gamble, as it flies in the face of how the Dodgers have enjoyed recent divisional success, but repeating the same action and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. At some point, some shift in thinking needed to take place.