The Los Angeles Dodgers need starting pitching.
It’s a simple, but true statement. The Dodgers lost two of their five original starters for the year before May, and have been getting through the year using 13 different starting pitchers. The Dodgers found a bit of consistency with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson, Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias; however, Bolsinger has had trouble going deep into games and Frias has missed time with a back issue.
Despite their ability to fill in the back-end of the rotations, neither Bolsinger or Frias was expected to be in the Dodgers rotation this season. General manager Farhan Zaidi said that the team could not be working any harder to make a move for a starting pitcher, but as Andrew Friedman noted, the second Wild Card has made the number of teams that are “sellers” dwindle. The Dodgers have been linked to big-name starters like Cole Hamels, David Price and Johnny Cueto, as well as second-tier starters like Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake and Scott Kazmir before he was traded.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, there could be more names added to that list:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2015
The Indians are currently 12 games out of first place in the AL Central and 5.5 games out of a playoff spot. It’s unknown exactly which pitchers the Dodgers inquired about, but the Indians have four starting pitchers under the age of 30 that have made at least 17 starts. Because of the youth in the rotation, the Indians aren’t necessarily looking to sell, meaning the Dodgers would have to do sweep the team off its feet with a deal.
One name that has been mentioned in rumors recently is right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who 10-7 with a 3.94 ERA in 19 starts (114.1 innings). The Blue Jays were reportedly interested in the 28-year-old and he would appear to be the most likely of the rotation to be dealt. The Indians also have reigning Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, as well as youngsters Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar.