Should Dodgers Look Into Signing Free Agent Starter?

Roughly one month ago, the Dodgers appeared to have a surplus of starting pitching.  There were more than a handful of hurlers who were making a strong case for the fifth spot in the rotation.  Carlos Monasterios, Charlie Haeger, Josh Lindblom, Ramon Ortiz, Eric Stults, and Russ Ortiz were all impressive during Spring Training.  There were so many candidates to choose from that the Dodgers sold Stults' contract to a Japanese team.  My, how things have changed.

Russ Ortiz was DFA'd after floundering in seven big league innings.  Haeger hasn't found much success in 15.1 IP (three starts and one relief appearance) either.  Now, the Dodgers have another hole to fill as Padilla is headed to the disabled list with a sore elbow.  There are pitchers at the ready in Triple-A Albuquerque, including the aforementioned Lindblom and once-ballyhooed James McDonald, though all have their fair share of question marks.  Padilla's injury aside, the Dodgers' starting five still looks like it could use a lift.

Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times drops the names of three notable starters still available on the open market: Jarrod Washburn, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez.  Washburn seems to be holding out for a deal approaching the $5MM he was offered by Minnesota this winter.  Smoltz won't completely rule out a return to baseball, though he's enjoying his television gigs.  Pedro is reportedly maintaining contact with the Phillies, though he is said to still hold a grudge against the Dodgers over things that happened back when jheri curls were still somewhat in vogue.

Should the cash-strapped Dodgers look into signing one of these vets or should they find other ways to improve?


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38 Comments on "Should Dodgers Look Into Signing Free Agent Starter?"


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Nicolas_C
5 years 2 months ago

I think they should give Braden Looper a shot. He’s at least an innings eater.

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 2 months ago

we had him in Russ Ortiz, no thanks

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lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 2 months ago

we had him in Russ Ortiz, no thanks

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5 years 2 months ago

All these guys require time to get ready so they can join the rotation–probably more time than it would take for Padilla to return from the DL…

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bomberj11
5 years 2 months ago

What does Washburn want? If he wants to win he should tag onto the Dodgers.

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bjsguess
5 years 2 months ago

Washburn seems like a good fit. Get his price tag down to under $3m and make the deal. He’d do well in that ballpark – as long as he can keep batters from hitting it to left.

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PaulGargano
5 years 2 months ago

Dodgers are too cheap to sign any of those guys – if they wanted to, they’d have done it in the off-season. They’ll promote from within, get half-ass starts, tire their bullpen, and and keep talking about how great their minor league pitching depth is… While in reality they have “developed” Bills, who is as inconsistent as they come, Kershaw who can’t make it past the fifth, and Elbert who they don’t trust enough to give a chance – maybe it’s time to start looking at new pitching coaches.

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joeym2623
5 years 2 months ago

Couldn’t agree more