The Los Angeles Dodgers went to Spring Training with the chance to have one of the best rotations in baseball with NL Cy Young and MVP award winner Clayton Kershaw, former Cy Young award winner Zack Greinke, Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and two other starters with lots of talent and a shaky past in Brandon McCarthy and Brett Anderson.
Once they finished the spring, they were still holding out that hope, but Hyun-Jin Ryu was unavailable. They used a handful of starting pitchers in that span to try and fill the void, but were unable to find an arm to stick at first. Eventually, Carlos Frias settled in as the fifth starter. Then in the span of a couple weeks, the Dodgers lost McCarthy and Ryu for the season. Frias’ time in the rotation was now permanent and right-hander Mike Bolsinger followed shortly.
All in all, the Dodgers used 10 different starting pitchers before the current quintet became a full rotation. The overall starters’ ERA is 3.42 and good for fifth in the Majors; however, the current rotation holds a collective ERA of 2.95.
Despite the success of the rotation so far, it appears the Dodgers are in the market for at least one more starting pitcher. According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA, the Dodgers have their sights set high:
At the top of the Dodgers’ wish list, according to a source, is hard-throwing Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, with Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto and Detroit Tigers lefty David Price also on the short list of desirable targets.
Along with being some of the top pitchers in the game, the three mentioned above have something else in common: impending free agency. Zimmermann and Price would be a bit tougher to imagine because their teams are expected to compete for their respective divisions. The Reds are currently 11 games out of their division, but only 4.5 games out of a wild card spot. That could change in the next few weeks, making Cueto expendable.
Saxon adds that the Dodgers have had scouts observing Zimmermann and Cueto starts. It’s unknown what it would take to get these starters, but the Dodgers have quietly built some depth in their farm system that could be used in a potential deal.
The likeliness of the Dodgers pulling off a blockbuster deal seem low at the moment, but with Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi, it won’t be a quiet trade deadline.
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