Dodgers Pitching Depth Begins to Erode

Over the last few years, the Dodgers have made it pretty clear that, when it comes to pitching, they’re willing to take some health risks in order to get talent upside. To that end, they’ve signed pitchers like Scott Kazmir, Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy, and Brandon Beachy as free agents, all of whom have put up very good performances at times, but all of whom have had significant medical issues throughout their careers. This winter, they attempted to sign Hisashi Iwakuma, but backed off due to concerns with his physical, and then signed an incentive-laden deal with Kenta Maeda, who reportedly had some pretty ugly medicals himself. And this doesn’t even count Hyun-Jin Ryu — who wasn’t recently acquired, but is returning from shoulder surgery — or Alex Wood, a pitcher with a delivery so awkward that his long-term health was one of the main reasons the Braves traded him to Los Angeles to begin with.

The 2016 Dodgers rotation was essentially Clayton Kershaw and then some combination of four high-risk pitchers with health problems. We’re only a couple of weeks into spring training, but the downside of pursuing this strategy is already starting to show through the cracks.

Last week, the Dodgers acknowledged that Ryu was probably not going to be ready to pitch in April, and they’re targeting his return for sometime in May; on Tuesday, they noted that Ryu is dealing with some soreness in his shoulder, though they downplayed it as a setback in his rehab. With six starters for five spots, taking it slow with Ryu made plenty of sense anyway.

Well, today, they got some more bad news; Brett Anderson has a bulging disc in his back, which will require surgery, and he’ll miss the next three to five months, putting him out until June at the earliest, and potentially knocking him out for most of the season. Given his long-term health issues, expecting Anderson to rush through rehab and be back mid-season is probably not a wise bet, so the Dodgers should probably not count on having Anderson throw significant innings in 2016 anymore.

So, at this point, the Dodgers opening Day rotation looks something like this:

#1: Clayton Kershaw
#2: Scott Kazmir
#3: Kenta Maeda
#4: Alex Wood
#5: Mike Bolsinger

Bolsinger actually pitched pretty well for the Dodgers last year, but with an 87 mph fastball, he’s always going to be viewed as a suspect starter on a team trying to win. The projections like him, and there are certainly worse #5 starters out there on contending teams, but the loss of Anderson and the questions surrounding Ryu are going to start to put a strain on the team’s depth, as the options get significantly less rosy if anyone else goes down before the season starts.

Carlos Frias probably can’t get left-handers out. Zach Lee is more of a pitch-to-contact strike-thrower than the highly-touted prospect of a few years back. Brandon Beachy is a complete unknown, and wasn’t very good after returning from his rehab last year. Yaisel Sierra wasn’t any good as a reliever in Cuba, and almost certainly needs some time in the minor leagues to see if the team can turn his stuff into performance.

At this point, the Dodgers can make do with what they have. Bolsinger is good enough to fill in for a while, and with Ryu and McCarthy working their way back, the team could have reinforcements arriving in the second or third month of the season. If the Dodgers staff avoids any more significant injuries, they’ll probably be okay. But if Maeda ends up being damaged goods, or Wood’s off-season mechanical changes don’t get him back closer to the guy he was in Atlanta, then the team might have to start seriously considering whether they’re willing to push the envelope with Julio Urias.

Urias, generally considered the best or second-best pitching prospect in baseball, is just 19 years old and spent most of last year in Double-A, where he threw only 68 innings. Realistically, the Dodgers would like to not rely on him, and maybe give him a taste of the majors in relief work in the second half of the season, where he could get his feet wet without carrying a huge workload. But the talent and the performances both suggest that Urias could hold his own in the big leagues right now, and if the Dodgers are targeting something like 120 innings for Urias this year, another injury might provoke the question of whether they’d be best served getting those earlier in the year instead.

Steamer thinks Urias is something like a league average starter right now; ZIPS is even higher on him, putting him as essentially Kazmir’s equal. If the team loses another starter before Opening Day, and they’re faced with the prospect of giving Frias or Lee starts in addition to counting on Wood and Bolsinger — who were the depth guys a few weeks ago — then it might be time to think about getting Urias’ value in the first half of the year instead of the second half. Especially if the team believes that they’ll be getting one or two of their injured starters back mid-season, then limiting Urias’ workload early in order to save him for a second half role might not be as useful as simply letting him experience the big leagues earlier and shutting him down once the veterans get healthy.

Of course, if you put Urias in the big leagues in April or May, and he pitches well all summer, managing his workload gets significantly more challenging. There’s no real scrutiny attached to skipping his starts in Triple-A, but if he’s actually as good as ZIPS thinks, and is pitching like the team’s #2 or #3 starter, shutting him down after 120 innings in the middle of a pennant race won’t be as easy a sell to fans who care far more about the present than the future. The Dodgers front office has continually played the long game in building the franchise’s core, and I’d imagine they’d rather not get into a Strasburg-esque discussion about when to take a phenom off the mound, so the easier path is to keep him in the minors for as long as possible and make do with other options.

But with Anderson going down, and Ryu’s rehab perhaps not going as smoothly as they had hoped, the team might have to face a situation where their best option is the one they don’t want to use. As long as they can keep the remaining five starters healthy, this is an issue they can avoid, but the next headline about a Dodgers starter heading to the disabled list is probably going to be the one where the Julio Urias question becomes a bigger part of LA’s 2016 story.



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tz
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2 months 24 days ago

I’m waiting for the Dodgers to announce the signings of Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Oz, and Dr. House to multi-year eight-figure contracts.

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2 months 24 days ago

It’s a bit ironic that Dave wrote this column because he has been the guy (1) touting this approach of signing high-risk pitchers as well as (2) saying how great the Dodgers are going to be this year.

I see the position player depth and it makes me agree with (2) – in fairness Dave has long been a backer of this strategy of focusing on depth rather than the stars and scrubs approach most recently employed by the Tiger – but I look at this pitching staff and think the Dodgers could have a very mediocre season if more than a couple of these high-risk pitchers get hurt.

The Dodgers didn’t want to beat the Diamondbacks offer for Greinke, but you’d have to feel better a lot better about their rotation if their #2 guy was an ace with a strong track record in terms of health (not counting the freak collarbone injury in the brawl).

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2 months 24 days ago

but you’d have to feel better a lot better about their rotation if their #2 guy was an ace with a strong track record in terms of health

I don’t think this addresses anyone’s objection to the idea of beating the DBack’s offer to Greinke.

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2 months 23 days ago

Right. This is the guy who had the following exchange with me in his chat from two weeks ago:

jpg: The Mets and Indians are clearly the top two, but which rotation would you say is #3 if you had to pick one for, let’s say, the next 3-5 years?
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Dave Cameron: I’d take the Dodgers rotation over the Indians rotation easily.
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Dave Cameron: And I’m not sure it’s clear that the Mets rotation isn’t definitely better than LA’s either.

So two weeks ago the Dodgers easily had a better rotation than Cleveland and arguably even better than the Mets according to Dave Cameron. And suddenly today it’s:

The 2016 Dodgers rotation was essentially Clayton Kershaw and then some combination of four high-risk pitchers with health problems.

Also from the chat two weeks ago:

jpg: Interesting. I get that Kershaw is the ultimate equalizer and they have terrific depth when you consider guys like Wood and McCarthy are probably outside the top five on the staff… But saying the Dodgers have arguably the best rotation? That pretty bullish.
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Dave Cameron: Kershaw is as good as most teams #1 and #2 put together. Kazmir and Anderson are clearly above average pitchers, Ryu is very good when healthy, Maeda looks to be a solid average pitcher, and Wood is average at worst. The idea that this rotation isn’t one of the best in baseball is weird.
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Dave Cameron: And that’s without mentioning that they have a couple of elite close-to-the-majors prospects, plus McCarthy coming back mid-season, plus Bolsinger, and Zach Lee isn’t a zero.

I’m not trying to be a dick and I’m usually one to defend him but he kinda needs to be called out on this one.

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Brians Sticky Sock
2 months 23 days ago

Need a hug?

Bip
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2 months 23 days ago

I mean, to put it in perspective: We knew McCarthy wasn’t available at this point. We knew Ryu very well might be delayed. Right now we’re still talking about a rotation that should be held up in April by [Kershaw, Kazmir, Maeda, and Wood], which still might not need to call on either of its top, MLB-ready pitching prospects. This is the worst we would expect the rotation to look, given the known timelines of certain other players, with [Kershaw, McCarthy, Kazmir, Ryu, Maeda] still a very real possibility down the stretch.

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2 months 23 days ago

Jpg only needs a hug if that is your way of congratulating him on his post – everything he said is 100% accurate.

Dave has been saying the Dodgers rotation is one of the best, if not the best, even though they lost Greinke.

But these other guys have to actually be able to make it on the field – you can argue Kershaw is as good as 2 guys, but he can’t start 55-60 games and guys like McCarthy and Anderson have not been able to stay healthy. And Kazmir is probably due for a breakdown. I’m not wishing it on the guy, but he was injury-prone previously and now he’s getting older. He’s been healthy recently but would want to be counting on him and guys like McCarthy and Anderson?

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TMWISH
2 months 23 days ago

I think you kinda missed the point of Daves post but okay

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2 months 23 days ago

I didn’t miss anything. The point of Dave’s post is that due to injuries, the Dodgers, despite stockpiling starting pitcher, are running so thin to where Julio Urias might be here sooner than we thought.

I just wanted to point out that two weeks ago, according Dave Cameron during his chat, the Dodgers had arguably the best starting rotation in the entire sport. Later in the chat when I mentioned that his opinion seemed extremely bullish, he doubled down citing Kershaw’s dominance and their wealth of average or better starters. Today, we get word that their #4 starter goes down and suddenly, and Dave says stuff like:

“The 2016 Dodgers rotation was essentially Clayton Kershaw and then some combination of four high-risk pitchers with health problems.”

“At this point, the Dodgers can make do with what they have. Bolsinger is good enough to fill in for a while, and with Ryu and McCarthy working their way back, the team could have reinforcements arriving in the second or third month of the season. If the Dodgers staff avoids any more significant injuries, they’ll probably be okay.”

Those don’t sound like like quotes that would describe the best staff in baseball.

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Damaso
2 months 23 days ago

Dave’s slavishness to the Depth Philosophy has been the source of pretty much all of his bad calls in recent years.

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2 months 23 days ago

I read ” for the next 3-5 years”… That kind of negelcts your observation, since the prospects, who can’t surely help right NOW, will be better and especially can handle more innings.
The fact that 2-3 of the pitchers he sees as above average are hurt and therefore the article above has been written should be considered as well. If the Mets lose Syndergard and Matz you’d be seeing them having troubles, too. If the Indians lose Carrasco and Salazar, same thing.

So I don’t really see your point.

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StinkyPete
2 months 23 days ago

I agree with the comment above, if your question was “3 to 5 months” and not “3 to 5 years” then you might have a point.

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2 months 23 days ago

Bip,by throwing out there Kershaw, Kazmir, Maeda, and Wood, are you trying to defend that even early in the season LAD has a top 3 rotation? For all the potential there, what I see is Elite, Serviceable, Unknown, Unproven.

Sure, they could all outperform all year like the Padres did back at the turn of the decade, but that’s not a rotation that even comes close to the discussion of the best in the league, even when Ryu returns.

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Loyal Royal
2 months 23 days ago

Teams and authors who rely on Brett Anderson get what’s coming to them…

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2 months 24 days ago

we should start analyzing whether signing multiple lesser/riskier players to medium deals really is any better in terms of risk management than signing consistently healthy elite players to big deals backed up with a quiverfull of cheapo some-upside guys in an even competition for the depth spots.

these medium deals on riskier plays not only give you less upside, but a much higher potential for both injury and/or performance implosion, and have big enough deals that you can’t just ditch them without giving them a real chance, forcing you to play them when struggling and/or somewhat injured and/or rusty coming back from injury.

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2 months 24 days ago

The dodgers don’t have a ton of medium sized contracts. Only Kazmir and Maeda have “medium” sized contracts and Maedas is pretty team friendly. Everyone else is either under team control or on a 1 year deal.

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2 months 24 days ago

And McCarthy. I would say Ryu’s also is very team friendly, in case the original commenter was also including his.

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2 months 24 days ago

but all their SP have big enough contracts that they’ll be forced to play them for at least a good while even if they’re not the best or even a good option, no?

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2 months 24 days ago

Most of these guys haven’t shown any risk of being healthy and bad, just that they might be hurt, in which case “having to play them” isn’t a concern.

raygu
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2 months 24 days ago

other than Kershaw, who has a “big enough contract”? Anderson accepted a QO, Maeda is making $3mm per year plus incentives that could take to 9-10MM per year, Kazmir’s contract is cheap as well.

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2 months 24 days ago

I’d say that at least McCarthy and Maeda have pretty good upside. McCarthy has been a #2 starter at times, and had an unbelievable xFIP last year before he got hurt. That deal had, and still has, the potential to get them a well above average starter for fringe-average starter money. Maeda, too, may not have Darvish’s stuff, but his numbers in Japan suggest that, through pitchability, he might also end up being well above average.

Obviously that’s not the most likely outcome for either pitcher, but we’re talking about upside.

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2 months 24 days ago

I’m surprised De Leon wasn’t even mentioned in the article, I’d think he would be more likely to get some big league innings than Urias this year

raygu
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2 months 24 days ago

agreed. DeLeon has logged more innings than Urias. I bet they swing a deal for a starter if another starter goes down though.

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2 months 24 days ago

Is Scott Kazmir really a risky pitcher anymore? I realize history of arm trouble, but he has 3 solid years in the books now since then.

I give the Dodgers some credit for signing extra depth in case this happens, they lost 2 starters and still have the depth to get by, but I see Dave’s point….it’s the first week of spring, and the slack is already gone, basically

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2 months 24 days ago

There are more injuries requiring TJ in March than any other month. This would be when this happens, if at any time.

I think their problem right now is the timelines of the injuries are not aligning. Urias, De Leon, now Anderson, McCarthy, and Ryu are all likely (or guaranteed) not to be ready to start the season, but by the end of June, the team might be overflowing with options. Of course, by that time, some else may have gotten hurt. Also, to the extent we believe Kazmir fades as the season goes on, this may not be so bad.

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2 months 24 days ago

I would actually ask of Kazmir – is he really going to be that good? Since coming back in 2013:
– declining K%
– rising BB%
– HR problems everywhere but Oakland (remember, Dodger Stadium actually slightly inflates HR while Oakland kills HR)
– Rising FIP and xFIP
– Low BABIPs the last 2 years
– has lost 1 MPH off his fastball since 2013
– 32 yo with an injury history who was out of baseball completely in 2012, not due to injuries , but due to just general ineffectiveness

Is he really going to be that good this year? Is that really the Dodgers’ #2 starter?

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2 months 24 days ago

He is not their #2 starter because there is no such thing. He is one of their starters. The question is if, all combined, they have good enough starters to be a good team.

As for Kazmir in particular, you’ve cited a bunch of stats. You know what is great for projecting a player based on stats? Projection systems.

ZiPS: 3.0 WAR
Steamer: 2.4 WAR

That’s about what they are paying him to do.

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2 months 23 days ago

Yeah you’re right stats are fucking useless lol@the guy citing a bunch of stats.
Projection systems are the way to go, especially since they don’t use stats at all.

Bip
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Bip
2 months 23 days ago

You completely misunderstood my comment. And you also missed the part where I said “You know what is great for projecting a player based on stats?”

The point is that the projections have already synthesized the various data points that Anon mentioned separately.

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2 months 23 days ago

Sure is lucky those projection systems are super accurate and never end up miles out on players, eh? Yours is an argument against arguing – why bother discussing players when ZIPS has already done it!

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mike sixel
2 months 24 days ago

Maybe they can trade for Ricky Nolasco, please, is what every Twins’ fan is thinking right now…..

JediHoyer
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JediHoyer
2 months 24 days ago

If kershaw or kazmir goes down then theres trouble. But zach lee for a month or two isnt the worst thing

Brent Henry
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Brent Henry
2 months 24 days ago

Have to agree. Historic ace plus 4 other guys is an enviable rotation. Doesn’t matter if the guy at the back is named brett or mike or zach.

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Hurtlocker
2 months 24 days ago

Not wishing injury on anyone, but as a Giants fan this is positive news.

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baycommuter
2 months 23 days ago

That falls under the category of “things that are true that it’s not socially acceptable to say.”

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Jason G
2 months 24 days ago

I remember being floored that the Dodgers extended a qualifying offer to Brett Anderson, and not particularly surprised that he took it. Given his history, this is a guy you offer an incentive-laden deal, not a big chunk of money all at once.

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2 months 24 days ago

Yeah, isn’t that the story here?

raygu
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2 months 24 days ago

you mean offering a solid pitcher a one year deal is risky?

JediHoyer
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JediHoyer
2 months 24 days ago

Really depends on the pitcher. Anderson’s history suggests future injuries. Back problems dont go away.

vmx
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vmx
2 months 23 days ago

A solid pitcher who managed 10 WAR in 8 years.

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2 months 23 days ago

Given the Dodgers aspirations and that guy who is taking up that slot could have been someone much better given the resources of the team and their position on the win curve? Yes.

Long term, no, of course not. They could pay a random fan 20 million from their payroll budget and be fine for future years, but it certainly doesn’t help them win this year.

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2 months 24 days ago

A one-year deal in a sense is always a bit like an incentive-laden deal. The idea of an incentivized deal is that it limits the risk to the team but has the potential to reward the player for good performance.

A one-year deal can only be so risky for the team, and as such is generally a lot riskier for the player. Look at how reliably the length of a deal a pitcher gets increases as you move up the pitching tiers. A pitcher without question marks would never take a one-year deal, and just about any team would love to build their pitching staff with them.

A player taking a one-year deal also has the potential to reestablish value and cash in if he performs well.

Obviously the difference is that Dodgers are not paying Anderson any less for him being hurt, but that isn’t all that significant from their perspective. If a team signs a deal for 1/5 with incentives up to 1/15, then they aren’t going up to their budget expecting to pay the player only 1/5. In terms of how it impacts this year’s spending, I don’t think this hypothetical contract is wildly different from what Anderson got. And, in any case, the Dodgers have shown a willingness to go “over budget,” like they did last year, as long as those expenditures are limited to a single season.

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2 months 24 days ago

I think he is proof the q.o system works. The team tries to work the system for a pick, but gets worked es hen he only pitches 10 starts. I think the q.o should be enticing for mid level players and a sure thing no to star players. Teams need to take some risk for trying to eek all of thd value they can.

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2 months 24 days ago

I think I read on one of ARod’s articles that teams don’t pay player’s salaries when they are in the DL, insurance companies do. If that’s the case I don’t see how going for these type of players, especially considering they can afford some lesser backup guys is anything but a good bet by the Dodgers.

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2 months 24 days ago

This is a good point, but in my opinion, the main benefit of these deals from a team-building perspective is the limited financial risk. When a guy is a known injury risk, the deal generally becomes manageable in terms of AAV, but also will never be too long. So, while McCarthy has a higher risk have missing time than Greinke, his deal is less than 1/4 the commitment of Greinke’s, and McCarthy is more than 1/4 the pitcher Greinke is. If Greinke gets hurt, or becomes less than Greinke, which is made the more likely since his deal is for 7 years, then they’ve taken the hit of 4 McCarthy contracts.

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2 months 24 days ago

Insurance companies only pay their salaries if you pay for insurance. And even then, there’s typically a period where it’s not covered – such as the company only pays after you’ve been on the DL (for a covered reason) for 60 days. For a 1-year deal, especially at a moderately low salary, it’s highly doubtful the team would pay for insurance.

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2 months 24 days ago

I agree with vivalajeter. Also keep in mind that insurance companies are not in business to lose money, so you would have to factor in the premium that a team would pay for an insurance policy, which, over time, would cost a team MORE than if they would have paid out the dead contract themselves.

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2 months 23 days ago

Any insurance company bases its premiums on the risks they take – and the Dodgers signings would be a high-risk high-premium insurance coverage assuming the Dodgers are insured.

There ain’t no free lunch – well except when the Dodgers can figure out a way to stiff taxpayers for their losses which isn’t a non-zero chance.

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2 months 24 days ago

No mention of Jose De Leon? He pitched 110 innings last year, including 76 innings at AA with a K/9 of 12.3. That’s not a typo.

De Leon has about the same number of IP in the minors, but De Leon is 23, vs Urias, who won’t be able to buy a beer in some states until very late in the season.

I’d expect De Leon to get 130-140 innings in the majors this year – maybe even out of sprint training – and Urias to get a call-up later in the year.

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2 months 24 days ago

De leon also has spottier command/ less pitchability. Generally the better command guy is more ready for the show.

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2 months 24 days ago

You have to imagine the Dodgers could pull off a deal at the trading deadline if needed so they really need to get past only 3 months. But like I said before, I think the projections for the Dodgers seem a bit too rosy. Biggest improvement they made is dumping Mattingly.

xeifrank
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2 months 24 days ago

Urias no way! They will ruin the arms of others in the minors before him.

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2 months 23 days ago

The Dodger rotation is now Clayton Kershaw and four arms made out of straw. What were the Dodgers thinking during the offseason? If we have enough injury-prone starters we can always cobble together some kind of a rotation? It doesn’t work like that. Time to figure out what it will cost to get a real #2 starter and pay the price.

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2 months 23 days ago

The Dodgers followed the same dumb teambuilding strategy that Ned Colletti followed, but because a different guy did it, and he was from the Rays, it is suddenly a genius move with profound statistics wisdom behind it.

Dee P. Gordon
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2 months 23 days ago

As tempting as it may seem to let Clayton pitch every inning of every game, I would strongly advise against it.

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2 months 23 days ago

this comment is so so so so wrong. Wood isn’t injury prone. Kazmir isn’t injury prone. Maeda has an arm issue but seems to be asymptomatic and has pitched with the issue for years. That doesn’t include Ryu coming back and McCarthy and Bolsinger and Montas and Lee and Stripling and De Leon and Urias. They have plenty of options and most of them are not injury prone pitchers.

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2 months 23 days ago

Wood isn’t injury prone. Kazmir isn’t injury prone. Maeda has an arm issue but seems to be asymptomatic and has pitched with the issue for years. That doesn’t include Ryu coming back and McCarthy and Bolsinger and Montas and Lee and Stripling and De Leon and Urias. They have plenty of options and most of them are not injury prone pitchers.

Beer
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2 months 23 days ago

Kazmir isn’t injury prone. Maeda has an arm issue but seems to be asymptomatic and has pitched with the issue for years. That doesn’t include Ryu coming back and McCarthy and Bolsinger and Montas and Lee and Stripling and De Leon and Urias. They have plenty of options and most of them are not injury prone pitchers.

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2 months 23 days ago

We’re still close enough to that Chapman article that I remember that you are a domestic violence “skeptic” (kind of like a Holocaust skeptic) and I can’t read any of your comments without throwing up a little bit.

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Curious Gorge
2 months 23 days ago

Yeah, Johnston is probably the worst commenter that I’ve seen in months. I see a lot of down votes in his future.

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2 months 23 days ago

Have they looked into trading for Jaime Garcia yet?

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2 months 23 days ago

I’d take Jose De Leon over most the other pitchers mentioned. He won’t get a first shot, but when he gets his shot, he’ll likely be good. And Urias is going to be terrific, other than he’s going to top out at 120 innings minors/majors combined. It’s not like the Dodgers have to worry about their arbitration clocks.

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