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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Addresses Potential Starting Pitching Options

Doc said that these guys are all on their radar to get into the rotation.



The Dodgers still have no idea what is happening with Trevor Bauer right now. While the right-handed pitcher remains out on administrative leave, they need to figure out what their starting rotation is going to look like. It’s unclear right now how MLB will handle Bauer’s case and when/if he will pitch for Los Angeles. That should be figured out sooner rather than later. 

But the Dodgers do have options, and adding Clayton Kershaw back over the weekend made things a little easier for them. For the moment, Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw profile as their number 1 and 2 starters. 

The assumption is that Julio Urias will be back in the starting rotation this year, especially with the lack of depth there. Yesterday morning, Doc confirmed a handful of names that are in the running to take the final 3 rotation spots. 

“Yeah obviously Julio [Urias], [Andrew] Heaney, and obviously Tony Gonsolin is in the mix, and obviously, David [Price] is in the mix. We’ll see where we can go from there.”

The Dodgers signed Heaney to an $8.5 million deal this offseason, leaving many to wonder where he would fit in. He pitched in 30 games in 2021 for 2 different teams, coming out of the bullpen in just 7 of those outings. 

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Gonsolin is one of those guys that the Dodgers have frequently placed into a swingman role over the years. He had a little bit of a fall-off last season, but getting back to his 2020 form would be huge for this rotation. 

David Price’s role remains to be seen at this point. The aging veteran didn’t put up great numbers in 2021, as a starter or out of the bullpen. But the length that he can offer should be a good depth option for the Dodgers. If last year proved anything, it’s that you really can never have too many starters. 

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    • I agree, if they keep blocking our prospects by signing free agents then use them as trade chips. Imagine you’re Miguel Vargas, ready soon to play in the majors and 1st base looks open for you. Then Wham! They overlook you and sign Freddie for20 times ehat you would make.

  1. Andre Jackson, Ryan Pepiot, and Bobby Miller. Yeah I know they’re all untested rookies like a rookie has never broke into rotation. I’m old enough to remember a few on the Dodgers.