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?"


Nicolas_C
5 years 4 months ago

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

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 4 months ago

we had him in Russ Ortiz, no thanks

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 4 months ago

we had him in Russ Ortiz, no thanks

5 years 4 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…

bomberj11
5 years 4 months ago

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

bjsguess
5 years 4 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.

PaulGargano
5 years 4 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.

joeym2623
5 years 4 months ago

Couldn’t agree more

jwredsox
5 years 4 months ago

Is it really pitching depth when all the options stink?

jwredsox
5 years 4 months ago

Is it really pitching depth when all the options stink?

mylan
5 years 4 months ago

unfortunately, McCourt and Ned are too damn cheap to get any of these guys for a contract. But to me i wish they would sign washburn or atleast martinez. too me smoltz is just too old for the spot. but got how i would give anything for a signing of one of those too.

mylan
5 years 4 months ago

unfortunately, McCourt and Ned are too damn cheap to get any of these guys for a contract. But to me i wish they would sign washburn or atleast martinez. too me smoltz is just too old for the spot. but got how i would give anything for a signing of one of those too.

Torgos_Executive_Powder
5 years 4 months ago

“Smoltz won’t completely rule out a return to baseball, though he’s enjoying his television gigs.” Well, that makes one of us.

Redhawk
5 years 4 months ago

Would really signing any of those guys for the money they are going to want, be enough to turn the Dodgers season around? Would they then be able to keep up with the Giants and the Rockies (I’m not a buyer on the Padres, yet)? If the answer is no…keep the cash, and play the best young pitchers in the system. Let them learn and develop. It will be painful, but if the season is lost anyway, might as well lay foundations for the future.

Redhawk
5 years 4 months ago

Would really signing any of those guys for the money they are going to want, be enough to turn the Dodgers season around? Would they then be able to keep up with the Giants and the Rockies (I’m not a buyer on the Padres, yet)? If the answer is no…keep the cash, and play the best young pitchers in the system. Let them learn and develop. It will be painful, but if the season is lost anyway, might as well lay foundations for the future.

oldWillsfan
5 years 4 months ago

While you can’t turn back the clock that was why it was such a poor decision for the Dodgers to keep both Ortiz’s and sell Stults to Japan. If a veteran was so important they should have kept one and Stults.

As an earlier post noted, with perhaps the exception of Washburn all of the other pitchers mentioned in the FA market will require at least a month and at this point are no more than six inning pitchers. Washburn is a Boras client, so don’t see him coming to the Dodgers.

Potential move for later in the summer maybe trying to get Sheets from the A’s, especially if he continues to do well. He is auditioing for a long term contract and is the veteran type that Ned and Torre like. Regardless of how the A’s are doing they are always interested in prospects.

oldWillsfan
5 years 4 months ago

While you can’t turn back the clock that was why it was such a poor decision for the Dodgers to keep both Ortiz’s and sell Stults to Japan. If a veteran was so important they should have kept one and Stults.

As an earlier post noted, with perhaps the exception of Washburn all of the other pitchers mentioned in the FA market will require at least a month and at this point are no more than six inning pitchers. Washburn is a Boras client, so don’t see him coming to the Dodgers.

Potential move for later in the summer maybe trying to get Sheets from the A’s, especially if he continues to do well. He is auditioing for a long term contract and is the veteran type that Ned and Torre like. Regardless of how the A’s are doing they are always interested in prospects.

coach_coryell
5 years 4 months ago

ZAMBRANO!

5 years 4 months ago

I’ve been thinking of Big Z. Sherrill and specs maybe?

5 years 4 months ago

I’ve been thinking of Big Z. Sherrill and specs maybe?

coach_coryell
5 years 4 months ago

ZAMBRANO!

addude13
5 years 4 months ago

How about Elbert? Is he relief-only?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 4 months ago

Hes a starter, but has had a rough start to the year…

addude13
5 years 4 months ago

How about Elbert? Is he relief-only?

buxfan
5 years 4 months ago

What would Dodgers fans be willing to give for Duke/Maholm?

DreinLA
5 years 4 months ago

What would the pirates want?

guerrerogs
5 years 4 months ago

The best outcome would be for the McCourts to sell the team to an owner who actually cares about the quality of the product being put out onto the field MORE than ensuring they have five mansions in LA to live in, chauffered travel, Gulfstreams, mani/pedis, etc.

Barring that, and given how cheap Frank McCourt is, what are the odds of the Dodgers offering up Manny Ramirez in trade for a starter? I know its a contract expiry year for Manny, but he’s posting strong numbers this year and there might be some AL teams out there with pennant hopes who would be interested in inserting ManRam into their lineups this season?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 4 months ago

The chance Manny gets traded? Slim to none. If we want to compete, we need him. Look at the offense since he was put on the DL… when you take out a 400 hitter, an OPS of over 1.000 and MANNY FREAKIN RAMIREZ from a lineup, it becomes much weaker…